C. Elizabeth Helms

July 23, 1922 ‒ July 07, 2017

Gassville, Arkansas
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

C. Elizabeth Thacker Helms passed peacefully on July 7, 2017 during the last refrain of Amazing Grace sang to her by her granddaughter.

Libby, as she preferred to be called, was born in Marion, Ohio on July 23, 1922 to Denny and Ida Large. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Jud Thacker and Harrison Helms, son Joseph Thacker, five of her siblings, and great-grand daughter Laura Elizabeth Thacker. Her last remaining sibling, Viola Potts, Marion, Ohio survives her, and, her beloved daughter, Oleva (Jack) Richardson, Mountain Home, Arkansas, who was also her best friend.

She also leaves behind four grandchildren who loved her dearly: Debra (John) Hartley, Selmer, Tennessee; Cora (John) Williams, Pinehurst, North Carolina;
Steven (Vickie) Snyder, Mountain Home, Arkansas; and, Allen (Julie) Snyder, Upper Sandusky, Ohio. And, 20 great-grandchildren, 30 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and friends who all speak of her highly.

She lived in Marion, Ohio most of her life and retired to the Mountain Home, Arkansas area to be near her daughter, Oleva. She attended the Flippin Church of God in Arkansas. Libby enjoyed traveling with her daughter and son-in-law, Jack, and visited many unique destinations including: Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and frequent trips to Branson, Missouri.

Libby will be remembered by her family as always having a big smile and infectious giggle. She loved her family, loved God, and never spoke an ill word about any one. Her family will miss her dearly but she leaves behind a legacy of laughter, love, and many beloved descendants who aspire to be as good of a person as she was.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion, from 10 until 11:30 am. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. and burial will follow at Chapel Heights Memory Gardens.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Libby’s family and online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Love you Granny. I am truly honored to have had you as my grandma, and namesake, and part of my life for 56 years. I will always miss you and will always strive to be like you: fun and nonjudgemental of our future generations. Thank you for always seeing the best in all your offspring and ignoring the worst.

    • CORY (Little Lib) you and mom wrote this very well. Captured Grandmas heart entirely. Grandma will be missed by many. I will always remember her for exactly what you said never having a unkind word for anyone. Plus Grandma’s Home made Noodles at Thankgivings. The best!
      Here Chili was pretty darn good too when I got used to biting into those Pepper corns she used. 😊

  • Grandma,
    You will always hold such a special place in my heart as did I in yours.

    Your Sam

    She’s in the sun, the wind, the rain, she’s in the air you breathe with every breath you take.
    She sings a song of hope and cheer. There’s no more pain, And no more fear.
    You’ll see her in the clouds above,
    Hear her whisper words of love.

  • Miss Elizabeth is truly one of Gods most beautiful Angels.Taking care of her for a short time was a gift that God gave me. She will always have a special place in my heart .

  • My deepest condolences to the family. I never met Elizabeth(Libby), but I heard wonderful stories about her from her granddaughter and my good friend Cory. The kind of person Cory described her to be, I could see why she was deeply loved and admired. She was an inspiration and a gem. What a wonderful blessing she was and her memories will be cherished forever. Sending Love to the family.