JoAnn Helms, age 63, of Richmond, Indiana, went to be with the Lord Monday, August 6, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born August 18, 1954, in Richmond, Indiana, to George and Ella Parker Shaffer, JoAnn was a life-long resident of this community. She was a member of the Richmond High School Class of 1972. JoAnn attended The Well in Richmond. She loved spending time with her family. JoAnn was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and sister, who always had a smile on her face.
Survivors include her son, James D. Helms III of Centerville, Indiana; grandchildren, Chelsea Helms and Megan (fiancé, Anthony Brewer) Helms, both of Richmond and Gracie Helms of Centerville; great-grandson, Caiden Brewer; great-granddaughter, Bailee and great-grandson, Parker, both arriving soon; sisters, Sarah (Lenny) Adams and Linda (David) Williams, both of Centerville; brother, Ron (Kim) Shaffer of Richmond; mother-in-law, Lenora Helms of Centerville; sisters-in-law, Pam (Dave) Torbeck of Centerville and Karen (Ken) Johnson of Richmond; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, James D. Helms Jr., who went to be with the Lord January 6, 2013, and parents.
Visitation for JoAnn Helms will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2018, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Newman officiating. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, 5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
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