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Julia Ann Helms

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Nov 1992
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Roslyn, Nassau County, New York, USA Add to Map
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A funeral service will be held Tuesday for Julia Ann Helms, 106, who helped raise 46 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren while a resident of Roslyn and Westbury for more than 80 years. She died on Thanksgiving Day at her great-granddaughter's home in Westbury.

Mrs. Helms was born in Littleton, N.C., and left home when she was 12 after her mother died, said her great-granddaughter Rose Addison of Westbury. Mrs. Helms worked for a neighboring family before leaving at 14 to do domestic work in Plainfield, N.J. She also worked in movie theaters and restaurants in the Plainfield area before moving to Roslyn in 1908. In 1910, she married Charles Helms and the couple had one daughter, Mary Julia Helms.

But as Mrs. Helms continued to do domestic work in Roslyn, worked in a local laundry and volunteered at the Salem AME Church in Roslyn, she helped raise dozens more children as her family grew, Addison said.

"She was just very loving. Everybody's child was her child," Addison said.

When she was 72, Mrs. Helms retired from the laundry work but continued to volunteer at the church and help with her family. Shortly after, she moved to Westbury, and in 1989 moved with Addison's parents to Spring Hill, Fla.

In 1980, she had a minor stroke, but had been in good health recently, Addison said.

Survivors include two granddaughters, 20 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren. Visiting will be from 7-9 p.m. tomorrow at Salem AME Church. A funeral will be at the church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with burial at Roslyn Cemetery.

Newsday 29 Nov 1992
A funeral service will be held Tuesday for Julia Ann Helms, 106, who helped raise 46 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren while a resident of Roslyn and Westbury for more than 80 years. She died on Thanksgiving Day at her great-granddaughter's home in Westbury.

Mrs. Helms was born in Littleton, N.C., and left home when she was 12 after her mother died, said her great-granddaughter Rose Addison of Westbury. Mrs. Helms worked for a neighboring family before leaving at 14 to do domestic work in Plainfield, N.J. She also worked in movie theaters and restaurants in the Plainfield area before moving to Roslyn in 1908. In 1910, she married Charles Helms and the couple had one daughter, Mary Julia Helms.

But as Mrs. Helms continued to do domestic work in Roslyn, worked in a local laundry and volunteered at the Salem AME Church in Roslyn, she helped raise dozens more children as her family grew, Addison said.

"She was just very loving. Everybody's child was her child," Addison said.

When she was 72, Mrs. Helms retired from the laundry work but continued to volunteer at the church and help with her family. Shortly after, she moved to Westbury, and in 1989 moved with Addison's parents to Spring Hill, Fla.

In 1980, she had a minor stroke, but had been in good health recently, Addison said.

Survivors include two granddaughters, 20 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren. Visiting will be from 7-9 p.m. tomorrow at Salem AME Church. A funeral will be at the church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with burial at Roslyn Cemetery.

Newsday 29 Nov 1992

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