WILLSBORO - It is with great sadness that Marjorie, Dirk, Jason, Logan, Mara, Joshua, and Jerilyn Jaquish, loving and close family of Marion Helms, announce her peaceful passing on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the amazing age of 93 years.
Marion Perkett Helms was born on May 9, 1920, the daughter of Merton Temple and Iva Keyes.
Marion is survived by her daughter Marjorie Jaquish and husband Dirk of Willsboro, daughter Carol Murray and husband Jim of Long Lake; son Bill Perkett and wife Doris of Rochester, son Ed Perkett and wife Sarah of Colorado Springs, Colo., brother Sayle Temple and wife Kathy of the Finger Lakes region; sister-in-law Joyce Perkett of Pennsylvania, as well as 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Marion was predeceased by her husband Harold Perkett, husband Clarence "Ike" Helms; daughter Kay Marie Orloff; granddaughter Jennifer Murray; brother-in-law John Remancus, and brother- in- law Wilfred Perkett.
She was a strong role model to her family and many others in the area. Her strength, wisdom, and kindness affected so many people and she was well known in the area to many people for a variety of reasons. This began with the venture she had with Harold Perkett to begin the Sportsman's Dinette in Willsboro. She and Harold built up a business and family that still flourishes today. Her growing family was always a very important part of who she was and she was able to be home with her family until her peaceful passing.
Marion was an active participant of the Willsboro Congregational United Church of Christ for many years as her faith was very important to her and the way she conducted her life. She spent much time with her church friends and family making wreaths for the annual Green's Tea. She held many different positions at the church over the past years and always loved and enjoyed her church family.
Marion loved watching the ferry in Essex and would park where she could view the ferry, often with her grandchildren, to count the cars as they disembarked. For many years, she attended the Willsboro Essex senior lunch program. While she was down in Essex, she was often seen walking her little black dog.
She was a former Sweet Adelines. She also took in foster children for years as well as did babysitting for many children of families in Willsboro. People often talk about their memories of her reading them stories, playing games, or getting to put their own toppings on her homemade pizza.
One of her biggest claims is her "Helms Flea Market". She was often spotted at local yard sales buying goodies to sell in her barn. She spent numerous hours getting items ready to sell whether it was starching the linens, carding her buttons, or framing pictures. She made sure her barn was just right for each sale.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Congregational Church with cemetery services immediately following. We would like to invite you to join us for a celebration of Marion's life held at the Congregational Church at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, you may send donations in her memory to the Willsboro Rescue Squad at 3 Point Road, Willsboro, NY 12996 or the Congregational UCC at 3199 Main Street, Willsboro NY 12996.