Carol Mae Helwer, 78, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at her home in Russell.
She was born Jan. 17, 1935, in Montezuma, to Wallace and Mae Hearon Lea. She graduated from Lucas High School in Lucas in 1953.
On Feb. 23, 1955, she married Edward Helwer in Lincoln. He died in 1995. She also was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, K.C. and Stan; and four sisters, Kitty, Evelyn, Jo and Marjorie.
A homemaker, Mrs. Helwer had resided in Russell since 1973.
Survivors include two sons, Duane Helwer of Russell, and David Helwer of Van Wyck, S.C.; a daughter, Devera Nevin of Holcomb; two brothers, Jay Lea of Benton, Ark., and Joe Lea of Maryville, Tenn.; two sisters, Barbara Jantz of Montezuma, and Gerry Arensdorf of Boise, Idaho; and nine grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell. A private family service will be held at the cemetery. Cremation has taken place.
Condolences may be sent to the mortuary, 610 N. Maple, Russell, KS 67665.