Cumberland Times-News


April 30, 2011

Georgia “Jo” L. Helmick [Richmond]

RICHMOND, Va. — Georgia “Jo” L. Helmick, 79, of Richmond, Va., passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jo was born on Oct. 1, 1931, in Cumberland, to the late Rev. Chester Helmick and Georgia Helmick. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Lynwood Helmick; sisters, Betty Helmick Klop-fenstein and Mary Helmick McDonald; and life partner, Theresa Fernandez.

As a young child, she cared for domestic and wild animals, which eventually led her to a career in nursing. She obtained her Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland. Her career took her to New York City and Richmond, Va., where she was employee of the year at Sheltering Arms Hospital. Following her career, she committed herself to family, volunteering at the Richmond Animal League, and Second Presbyterian Church. She loved entertaining, bird watching, and the beach.

She is survived by her nephew, Howard Helmick and his wife Judy, of Lafayette, Ind.; their daughter, Cheri Redding and her husband Bill Redding; and their children, Brianne and Alyssa Redding, of Cutler, Ind.; nephew, David Klopfenstein and his children, Heather, Benjamin, Sarah, Martha, and Mary, of W. Lafayette, Ind.; niece, Debra Jo Helmick Daw, formerly from Indiana; brother-in-law, Ted Klopfenstein, of Goshen, Ind.; nephew, James McDonald, of Richmond, Va.; niece, Terry Summer and her husband John Summer, of Sterling, Va.; and nephew, Timothy McDonald and his wife Julie, and their children, Braeden, Kennedy and Cassidy, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

We will miss your love, dedication to helping others, and your sense of humor.

A special thanks to Chuck Blevins, Joy Carol, Mary Nelson Myers, Linda Phillips, Hospice of Virginia, Angelus Cremation, and Second Presbyterian Church for your love and support.

The family will receive friends in a celebration of her life in the Second Presbyterian Church, 5 N. 5th St., Richmond, Va., 23219, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va.

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