Johnnye Louise Helms

February 25, 1923December 5, 2018

Johnnye Louise Helms, 95, of Iowa Park, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Louise was born in a tent in Smackover, Arkansas on February 25, 1923. She was the eighth of ten children to Emmett and Parilea Shook. She was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings. Louise graduated from Iowa Park High School in 1940 and Draughns Business College. She and Joseph Charlie Helms were married in Vera, TX on October 14, 1940. They were married 59 years until his death. Louise worked as a bookkeeper and secretary until she retired in 1986. Louise was a member of First Baptist Church in Iowa Park where she was active in her Sunday School Class and formerly taught Sunday School. She played bridge and loved her bridge friends. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Wynn of Iowa Park and Karen (Mrs. Glenn) Chitwood of Burkburnett; eight grandchildren, Kristi Rankin, Sean Pendleton, Kami Mauldin, Michele Kirkland, Glenn Chitwood, Jr., Wayne Chitwood, Curtis Chitwood and Terri McCalib; fifteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Shook and his wife Marry Ann of Irving, TX. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, December 10, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Iowa Park with Glenn Pearce officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 AM prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow the service at Highland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Sheridan Medical Lodge Burkburnett TX or Hospice of Wichita Falls. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Burial Monday, December 10, 2018

Johnnye Louise Helms

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Michele Kirkland

December 8, 2018

Nan was an amazing woman and touched everyone she met in some shape or form. She loved her family more than anything. My greatest memories are of Christmas Eve. We always went to Nan's and enjoyed her holiday treats and meal before opening gifts and the infamous grab bag. Nan always made sure we were happy and took care of us as if we were her own. She was a very intelligent woman who kept up with politics, the world and loved sports. She had a memory like no other. She shared stories from kindergarten to the grandest detail. I loved listening to her stories. In 95 years, she saw the world change. I will always hold her dear to my heart. My lovely Nan. I will miss you but know you are now in heaven with Jesus, grandad and the angels. Until we meet again.