Joanne Agnes Helms

July 18, 1932April 30, 2019

Joanne Agnes Helms was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 18, 1932, to Lloyd and Agnes Bush. She was the oldest of three daughters.

On April 30, 2019, Joanne passed very peacefully in East Lansing, MI.

She is survived by her son, Mark Helms (wife, Marianne and their sons: Marcus, Patrick and Joseph) and her daughter Lou Anne Alexander (husband, Eric and their daughter, Erica). She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Helms.

Throughout her life she was surrounded by many wonderful and faithful friends, most especially her dear friend, Ron.

There were three things in Joanne’s life that she was absolutely devoted to—her children, her grandchildren and MSU’s football and basketball teams. She was always friendly, with a great sense of humor and fun, she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A visitation will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 12-2pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home in East Lansing, followed by a prayer service at 2pm.


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Prayer Service Friday, May 3, 2019


Joanne Agnes Helms

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Pete O'Neill

May 2, 2019

To All the Helms-
Always "Mrs. Helms" to me. She was a loving, generous person who treated me well from my "college days" with her son Mark, to our later years. Favorite memory of her was at Pat's wedding in Chicago. Mary and I shared a table for "snacks" with Her and Mrs. Daniel. What was discussed stayed in Chicago ...but it was a hoot! We laughed a lot and had a good time. She lived to see her children's children's children...a great blessing! Eternal Rest Grant unto Her O Lord, and may Perpetual Light Shine upon Her!
"Uncle Pete" and "Aunt Mary"

JoAnne Burrill

May 1, 2019

Uncle Larry and my sincere sympathy to Lou, Eric, Erica, Mitch and Ron. Joanne will always be remembered by her personality, generosity, caring and helping others, plus treating everyone with love and respect. Joanne has touched our lives for many years and she will truly be missed. Farewell to a GREAT LADY. Family can be proud. Love and condolences to all of you. Aunt JoAnne and Uncle Larry

Tim Roman

May 1, 2019

Deepest condolences Mark and Lou Anne. I have wonderful childhood memories of your mom, and that is a great photo of her. It's funny, but my dad and brother were visiting me in Minneapolis this weekend, and her name came up! We were laughing about that old weight loss contraption thing that would vibrate with the long strap. Remember that? We were dying laughing, and maybe she was paying us a little visit. best regards, Tim