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Merna Helms

October 1, 1941 - May 8, 2020

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On Friday, May 8, 2020, Merna A. Helms mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cherished friend passed peacefully at her home in Noxon, Montana, with her family at her side.
Merna was born in Plentywood, Montana, on October 1, 1941, to Clarence and Mary Rogers. She was the second eldest of thirteen children. Merna married Douglas Helms April 18, 1964, and they made their home in Noxon for the first seven years of their marriage. In 1971, Doug was transferred by Washington Water Power to Kellogg, Idaho, where they lived and raised their family until Doug retired in 1986, at which time they returned to Montana. While in Kellogg, Merna worked as a cook for several restaurants including the Broken Wheel and Silver Spoon.
Merna is survived by her trusted companion Will Laird. Six children Douglas “Jim” Helms (HyoShim), Roy Helms (Susan), Jay Helms (Janice), Maryruth Butler (Eddie), Clarence Helms (Patty), and Lynn Helms, and as a recognized daughter Jesse Behmerwohld. Fourteen grandchildren, twenty two great-grandchildren, ten great- great-grandchildren, six brothers, one sister, and numerous nieces and nephews. Merna was preceded in death by her husband Doug, both parents, one brother, and four sisters.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dawn Hardy, her neighbor and close friend, and Clark’s Fork Valley Hospice.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Cabinet Mountain Calvary Chapel in Clark’s Fork with Pastor Scott Douglas officiating. Merna’s final resting place will be with her husband Doug at the Clark’s Fork cemetery.