Helen Blumhagen

September 14, 1923April 2, 2021

Helen Blumhagen 97, of Columbus, GA passed Friday, April 2, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Linwood Cemetery with Dr. Jimmy Elder officiating.

Helen was born September 14, 1923 in Columbus, GA, the daughter of the late William Cliburn and Helen Langdon. She married her husband Robert in 1946 and spent nearly fifty precious years together before his passing. Helen and her family had strong roots in the Columbus community and she was a lifelong resident. Ms. Blumhagen was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbus for over forty years were she taught Sunday school for many of those years. Helen enjoyed traveling with her Young at Heart group, reading, crossword puzzles, watching Jeopardy and playing bridge with her friends.

Ms. Blumhagen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert Blumhagen; son, Robert Blumhagen Jr. and a brother, Dr. Edwin Cliburn.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathryn (Ned) Costa; two granddaughters, Christina Dukes (Michael) and Catherine Mijares (Manny); four great grandchildren, Jaden Byrd, Lyric Mijares, Lia Mijares, and Jacob Dukes. She also leaves a host of other extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family ask contributions be made to Columbus Hospice or First Baptist Church of Columbus, GA.

Striffler-Hamby is entrusted with the arrangements, you may offer your condolences by visiting


  • William Cliburn and Helen Langdon, Parents (deceased)
  • Robert Blumhagen, Husband (deceased)
  • Robert Blumhagen Jr., Son (deceased)
  • Dr. Edwin Cliburn, Brother (deceased)
  • Kathryn Costa (Ned), Daughter
  • Christina Dukes (Michael), Granddaughter
  • Catherine Mijares (Manny), Grandaughter
  • Jaden Byrd, Great Grandchild
  • Lyric Mijares, Great Grandchild
  • Lia Mijares, Great Grandchild
  • Jacob Dukes, Great Grandchild
  • Helen also leaves a host of other extended family and friends


  • Graveside Servce

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021


Helen Blumhagen

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Marie Harrison

April 7, 2021

It was my pleasure to be Miss Helen’s nurse for the past three or so years. She was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met and I loved her like family. Sweet sleep. ❤️

Rebecca Williams

April 6, 2021

Kitty, this is your long ago across the street neighbor, Becky Calvert in Jacksonville. I’ve lived in Columbus for many years and saw your mom’s obituary in the paper. I’m sorry sorry for your loss but it appears she led a long meaningful life. I have fond memories of both you and Robbie.

Diane Weikert

April 5, 2021

I took care of Miss Helen for nearly 3 years and I loved her with my heart and soul. We watched four church services every Sunday morning together and she was such a blessing to me. She told me one morning that it was like she became my adopted grandmother and she was so right. I will miss her so much, but I’m so glad I had the time I had with her.

Ron Grant

April 3, 2021

Helen was a good and long-time friend. We shared books and became "critics" of certain authors. She was one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. She edited books for her brother who was a prolific writer, and also edited two books written by her friend Sandi. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

Sarah Fortner

April 3, 2021

Helen was a kind generous lady. She loved her church and was faithful until she could no longer go, then watched it on tv every Sunday. She was an avid reader and liked to share stories of her travels with her husband in the military. We will miss her.