|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 2010|
Fort Meade Leader, The (FL) - October 23, 2010
Deceased Name: Brunice Rice Helms
Brunice Rice Helms, 91, of Homeland, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Bartow Regional Medical Center from respiratory failure, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Helms was born in Glendale, Fla., on March 12, 1919, to James Lee and Rubirda Rice. She moved to Homeland at the age of 5 where she remained until her passing. She earned an elementary teaching degree from Florida State College for Women. She taught at the Old Homeland School and at Eagle Lake Elementary in the late 1940s and retired from her teaching career at the Oaks School in Bartow.
She was a former member of Homeland Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church where she taught children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School most of her life. She was a current member of Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bartow.
"Miss Brunice" or "Gram" as most called her, enjoyed an active life loving and taking care of her family until a stroke slowed her down 17 years ago.
Mrs. Helms was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Helms, and an infant son, Darrell Helms.
Survivors include her daughter, Anita Lyle and her husband, Walker C. Lyle, Jr., of Homeland; two grandchildren, Jason Lyle and wife Kelly of Lakeland, and Krista Greene and husband Gordon of Homeland; and three great-grandchildren, Anna Lynn, Clay Greene and Ansleigh Lyle.
Visitation: Friday, Oct. 22, from 5-7 p.m., at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 205 E. Stanford, Bartow. Interment to follow at Homeland Cemetery.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com .
Bert Helms (1916 - 1963)
Plot: D 11-33
Maintained by: Becky Helms Hice
Originally Created by: Donna McPherson
Record added: Aug 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28745277
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