Arlene Jean Helmey

August 17, 1942August 3, 2018

On August 3, 2018 Arlene (Jean) Helmey went home to be with the Lord. She's now rejoicing with her one true love Gene, her parents, her sisters, her nephew,.. and many friends. Born in Dover, NH August 17, 1942. Her family moved to Jacksonville in 1954. She attended Robert E. Lee High School, and Jacksonville University.

From Switzerland, FL to Vero Beach, FL and Jacksonville, FL, she left an indelible mark on everyone she met. Throughout her 75 years, "Mama Jean" was a second mom to the kids she drove on her school bus for St. Johns County Schools, Vero Beach and Los Angeles Dodger players, high school friends of her children and countless preschool children in the VPK program at Indian River County Schools. She loved life and lived her life with a passion. She loved her friends as if they were her family. She was always there with whatever anyone needed, whether it was a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a heartfelt prayer, a laugh, or a celebratory toast with her Southern Comfort on the rocks.

Her beloved children, Michelle Dryden (John), Julee McLeod, Dana Falana (Jennifer), Robb Falana (Allison) Kimberly Helmey Aaron (Rick), Tim Helmey (Cindy), grandchildren Kenneth, David Wayne, Alec, Kyle, Noah, Mattie, great grandchildren Kenna, Levi, are mourning the loss of their best friend and most trusted confidant, we know she is celebrating and guiding us from above.

In lieu of flowers we ask you just be the reason someone smiles every single day.

A celebration of life will be held at the Mandarin Moose Lodge No.42, 4450 Losco Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257 on Saturday, August 11th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.


  • Gathering of Friends and Family Saturday, August 11, 2018

Arlene Jean Helmey

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Jennifer Falana

August 6, 2018

The first time I met you it was my birthday. I had been with Dana for only a little less than 2 months. I was so nervous. We were going to spend the weekend with you. It was the best weekend! You had bought me these 3 little ceramic angels that day love, hope, and faith ad a birthday gift. I will cherish them forever. You also made me sugar free cupcakes because you were told I was diabetic. You have always shown me so much love and welcomed me into your family with open arms. I'm so grateful Dana and I got to spend most of the day with you the day before you were taken to heaven. I love you Momma! I will always do my best to take care of Dana and be there for any family that should need me! I'll see you again one day!