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Wania Mae “Nita or Juanita” Copeland Helms

  • Birth 16 Jul 1912 Kinston, Coffee County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 12 Jan 1997 Fairhope, Baldwin County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama, USA
  • Memorial ID 90036485

Wife of Dallis Ingram Helms, buried to the right of his grave.

She is the daughter of William Marion Copeland and his wife, the former Mary Eliza Janie Lewis. She was their youngest surviving child.

Her full name was Wania Mae Copeland, and growing up she was called "Wanie" - which she detested. So when she married and left home, she chose to be called 'Juanita' and went by 'Nita.'

She married Dallis Ingram Helms at what later became Horn Hill, Covington County, AL on 26 September 1931. Due to the scarcity of work (this was the beginning of the major downward spiral of the Great Depression), they left AL and moved to central Florida where some of her husband's brothers already lived, to find work in the Florida Citrus Industry.

They remained in Florida, where their only child was born, until her husband reached retirement age.

At that point, they returned to live at the old Alabama Homeplace where her husband was born and raised. After he passed away, she and her widowed older sister were living in Fairhope, Baldwin County, AL - where first her sister passed away peacefully in her sleep, then Wania died five days later. They were each returned to be buried beside their husbands.


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  • Created by: Linda
  • Added: 12 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90036485
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wania Mae “Nita or Juanita” Copeland Helms (16 Jul 1912–12 Jan 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90036485, citing Enon Baptist Church Cemetery, Andalusia, Covington County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Linda (contributor 47431032) .