Helms, Edna Freemon

WINSTON-SALEM Nov 9, 1935 - Nov 30, 2018 Edna Freemon Helms, 83, joined her Lord and Savior on November 30, 2018. She was born November 9, 1935 in Greensboro, North Carolina to Wallace Groome Freemon and Edna Sparrow Freemon. Edna grew up in Greensboro with loving parents and her adoring twin brother, Wally. She often shared fond memories of her childhood. Edna graduated from Greensboro Senior High School and from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. During her time at Wake Forest, she met her husband of 61 years, Dr. Jefferson Bivins Helms, Jr. Edna and Jeff enjoyed their time at Wake Forest University and continued to be avid Deacon fans. Edna was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She found great joy in supporting and encouraging her husband and their four children. Her daily decisions reflected her faith and determination to encourage those around her and to find joy in each day. Her faith inspired her family member's spiritual journeys through the examples she set for them. She loved the role of grandmother and treasured time individually and collectively with her twelve grandchildren. Her husband, children, and grandchildren knew they were loved unconditionally by Mimi. Edna had a servant's heart. Devoted to her family, church, and community, she was active in many organizations including the Winston-Salem Junior League, the Medical Alliance of the Piedmont, the Medical Center Guild, Windsor Garden Club, and Greenbrook Garden Club. Edna was a devoted member of Centenary United Methodist Church. As a former member of First Presbyterian Church, she served as a Stephen Minister and participated in a weekly Bible Study. Her Bible, which is filled with handwritten notes, will serve as a reminder to her family of her wisdom and commitment to her faith. She enjoyed teaching the two-year-old Sunday School class for many years at First Presbyterian Church, and she cherished her time preparing meals for the homeless at the Samaritan Soup Kitchen. Edna was humble and passionate about her service to others. An accomplished artist, Edna painted with her art group, Salem Art Sisters, in their studio located in Old Salem and enjoyed classes at a summer art program run by Ringling College of Art and Design. Her paintings reflected her love for nature and love for travel both domestically and internationally. She showed her artwork in art shows benefitting various charities. Edna taught seventh grade at Moore School for several years and worked in the Steinmart Boutique for ten years. She enjoyed visiting with former students and teachers as well as with Steinmart employees long after her employment ended. Edna was passionate about walking with her daughters and granddaughters in her neighborhood and at Sunset Beach, where walks often ended with Mimi's special chocolate chip cookies. Edna was known for her hospitality throughout the year. She was a gracious hostess for Christmas luncheons, Thanksgiving celebrations, birthday dinners, and beach vacations. Edna will be remembered for her wisdom, gentle and peaceful spirit, patience, and kindness to all. She was generous with her time and talents. Edna was a great listener and encourager. Throughout her illness, she remained positive and grateful. Her family wishes to thank both the staff at the Fitzgerald Center at Arbor Acres as well as her many friends and caregivers who contributed to her health care with prayers, thoughts, and companionship. Edna was predeceased by her loving parents, brothers-in-law, Tom Helms and James Helms, and sister-in-law, Vickie Helms. Edna is survived by her husband, Jeff Helms, and four children, Betsy McCall (Mike) of Hillsborough, CA, Kathy Stockton (Hill) of Winston-Salem, NC, Tricia Keiser (Kris) of Winston-Salem, NC, and Jeff Helms (Margie) of Big Sky, MT. She is survived by twelve adoring grandchildren, Michael, Emily, Abby and Thomas McCall; Katie, Richard, and Elizabeth Stockton; Kristopher (Sarah) Keiser, Mary-Freemon (Willie) Sullivan, and Sarah Keiser (fiancé, Cameron Beaman); and George and William Helms. She is survived by her twin brother, Wallace Freemon (Lou), brother-in-law, Robert Helms (Victoria), sister-in-law, Anita Helms, sister-in-law, Ann Almond, as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate Edna's life will be held at 2pm on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at Centenary United Methodist Church with the Reverend Craig Ford officiating. Family visitation will be held in the church auditorium following the service. Memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 658, Winston-Salem, NC 27102 or to the J. Paul Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer's Prevention of Wake Forest Medical Center, c/o Dr. Jeff Williamson and Dr. Ed Shaw. Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.

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