Maxine Mary Helms

April 16, 1922July 20, 2020

Maxine Mary Helms 98, Maxine was born on April 16, 1922 in Stamford, Nebraska and passed away on July 20, 2020 in Stanwood, Washington. She had taken care of over 120 children from the Children's Home Society and was a foster mother for the State of Washington, taking care of mostly babies. She ran her own home day care for 22 years in her home in Mountlake Terrace which she lived in for over 70 years. Maxine had been a Charter Member of the Lutheran Church in Mountlake Terrace for 54 years, where she volunteered. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, Truman "Smokey" Helms and her son in law, Lyle Krieger. She is survived by her children; Dan (Kathy) Helms, Valerie Krieger, Margaret "Peggy" (Larry) Hayden and Marlene Helms, 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. She will be laid to rest at Floral Hills Cemetery, Lynnwood, WA. Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Hospice, who took such good care of her.


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Jeanette Dahl Wehling

July 28, 2020

What a wonderful woman. Both my children had her as their first Sunday School Teacher at Bethesda, Lutheran Church, in Mountlake Terrace, when Alan Hatlen was pastor. She was the best. I have pictures of her when she attended my wedding in 1999. She will be missed by so many.

Larry Hayden

July 25, 2020

She was one of the nicest person I have ever met. She loved working on her flowers every year we got to enjoy them when they bloomed. She always kept her faith in the Lord there is no doubt she is walking with him hand to hand. I am so honored to have called her my mother-in-law and love every one of her children. Peggy, Valerie, Marlene, and Dan. I know all of their hearts are aching and mine as well . You guys had a wonderful mother and God blessed you all with that! Prayers for you all in this time of your loss. A special thanks to Valerie for keeping her till the end! We all thank you for your devotion as a daughter and the hard work and sacrifice in your life you gave to take care of her. Big hug from us all for that it was very much appreciated!

Rest in peace Maxine I love you

Margaret Hayden

July 25, 2020

She was a woman who took me in. She was a woman who loved with all her heart. She was a woman who gave me a family when I was in the world all alone. She was a woman who was always there for me. She was the woman who I called and was my mom! Thank you mom, I love you and will forever carry that love you gave me in my heart!

I love you and will miss you,
Your daughter Peggy

Kim Hart-Krigbaum

July 24, 2020

I remember attending Grandma’s daycare and then having my children attend her daycare. She was generous, kind, loving, strong, beautiful and wise. Although we are saddened by her passing, I know Grandpa Smokey and all of Heaven are rejoicing that her beautiful soul has returned home. I can just see her and Smokey now...finally together again, praising the Lord together in the throne room of Heaven! I love you, Grandma 💕

Mickey Schwald

July 23, 2020

The price of love is grief.
Many in our Community share your grief at this time.

Our hearts will treasure the memories of this lovely lady, known for her gentle, gracious manner filled with care and kindness.
One who put her faith in action and went about her Christian business with no fanfare .

Rest easy now, Max. Your job is done.
May Perpetual Light forever shine upon you and give you peace.
And may your family and friends left to mourn, be comforted.