On Monday, December 19, 2022, Helen Wilkie, loving, consoling, nurturing, comforting, sister, Momma, MawMaw, and Mimi passed away. Momma was 87 years old. Momma is in Heaven with her husband, Darel, whom she loved and missed very much.
Momma was born on October 31, 1935 in Lepanto, Arkansas to Elster and Nova Marie Smith. Momma had three brothers; Jimmy, Randy, and Danny Smith. She married Darel Wilkie and together they raised five wonderful children; Rick, René, Elaine, Lisa, and Rob.
Momma’s first job was helping women look and feel beautiful; she was a “Beautician”, also known as a “Hair Stylist”. Later in her life she went back to school and got a degree in nursing. She was loving, caring, and very compassionate to those she cared for just the way she was with all of us! Momma loved to paint, go fishing, crochet, cook, read, and take care of her thirteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Helen Wilkie had many friends and lots of family that loved and cared deeply about her, and will miss her forever. I believe the ones who called her, “Momma, sister, MawMaw, and Mimi”, will truly miss her the most.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Darel and youngest son, Robert.
She is survived by her four children, Rick Acosta, René Davis, Elaine Hosea, Lisa Notestine; three brothers, Jimmy, Randy, and Danny Smith; thirteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
She will forever be loved!
A family-hosted celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11:00am Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot, Arkansas.
Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com
Yes, Helen will be missed. Helen was great friend. Condolences to family.
She was a very gracious, sweet lady. I was in SS class with Darel and enjoyed a visit to their home.
I have enjoyed many, many visits in Helen and Darel’s home. We could talk and laugh for hours. They made several wood crafted Santa Claus ornaments for me. I think of them every time I put them on my Christmas tree. They also made me a set a three wood crafted reindeers that I use every Christmas. On one of my visits, Darel had made a wooden cross and he said he wanted me to especially have this. I keep it displayed in my home. I taught Helen in our Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class at Mt. Carmel for 5 years. She loved the Lord and had a servant heart. She was also a dedicated nurse. My brother had been a patient of hers at the hospital. When he was discharged to the nursing home, she took time to go by and visit and try to encourage him. At that time she did not even know he was my brother. She loved her family and was dedicated to being there for them. She will be missed by both Bill and I. Prayers for her family.