9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday October 9, 2019 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home
11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home
Shirley Mae Helton, 90, of Lincoln,
answered the call of her Heavenly Father to be with
him as she passed away on October 5, 2019 at St.
Clara’s Manor in Lincoln.
Shirley was born on February 1, 1929 in rural
Kenney, the second child to Raymond A. and Lelah
(Stoll) Lakin. She graduated from Beason Community
High School in 1947 as salutatorian of her class. It
was during high school that she met her classmate
Ralph Helton, which culminated in their marriage on
August 27, 1950.
After graduating from nursing school in 1950, she
worked for many hospitals which include Macomb,
Normal, Springfield, Dwight and Lincoln. She was
helpful to the Deaconess Hospital staff in helping
with the transition into Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Surviving Shirley are her husband
Ralph of Lincoln, her children Allen L. (Jill)
Helton of Metamora and Lorri L. (Jim) Tipsord of
Gridley; her brother, Kenneth (Darline) Lakin of
Arizona; sister, Linda (William) Martinie of
Florida; four grandchildren, Misty (Brian) Goodman,
Lacy (Jake) Wall, Ali Helton and Adam (Samantha)
Nagrocki. Also surviving are her four great
grandchildren Anders, Hagan, Collin and Grace.
Shirley was a member of Immanuel
Lutheran Church in Lincoln. Besides nursing, she
worked with the Red Cross on blood drives and helped
create the Central Illinois Community Blood Bank in
Services for Shirley will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday
October 9, 2019 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral
Home with Rev. Steven Goodwin officiating.
Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to
services also at the funeral home. Burial will be at
Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to the American Alzheimer’s
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