Gaylene Mary Helms
July 7, 1953 – September 3, 2019
Memorial services for Gaylene Mary George-Helms will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Reed-Culver Chapel. Her family will be leading her services. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.
Her honorary pallbearers include Michael Hammond, Michael Evan Hammond, Mark James Hammond, Thomas Stopp, Justin McKenna, Uriah Tomasik, RaShaan Brownlee, Marvin Brownlee, Arthur Hosfeldt ,Sonny George, Clay Collins and Chase Collins.
Gaylene Mary Helms was born on Tuesday, July 7th, 1953,in Nespelem, Wa, the daughter of Peter Bill and Gloria Regina (Courville) George. She attended school and graduated from Tahlequah High School. She then began her studies at Flaming Rainbow University in Tahlequah. She was an artist by trade and specialized in Silver Smithing, beadwork, for which she won prestigious awards in Montana, stained glass artistry, and jewelry making. You could find Gaylene honing her craft while listening to her favorite music, blues, jazz, rock n roll, whatever spirit moved her at the moment. She loved to keep company with her animal companions and had a roadrunner for a companion, a pet squirrel, and a variety of deer and birds that frequented the feeders and ate from her hand. She married her best friend, Michael Helms and together they raised a daughter, Fawn. They loved life and everything it had to offer. Gaylene possessed a beautiful smile, a loving heart and a gypsy soul. She made friends easily because she was a person that you could enjoy being around. She was the genuine article, what she presented was what she truly was, and always would be, Gaylene. She was very proud of her family and her and her sisters and brother shared a bond that could never be broken, what happened to one, happened to all. The wicked sense of humor she had made for many moments of laughter and happy memories. Quiet time was spent curled up in her favorite chair watching QVC, and purchasing the odd keepsake or two. She lost her beloved Michael, so Gaylene and Fawn kept each other close. She was always ready for a new adventure, to meet new friends and to create, it was in her blood. She passed from this life all too soon on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at her home in Proctor. She was 66 years old and leaves a void that will never be filled.
Gaylene has gone on to join her mother and father, her grandparents, Henry and Victoria (Burland) Courville and Chief Coxit and Christine Julia (Pe’le) George, and her husband Michael Helms.
Those left to celebrate her memory include her daughter, Fawn Michelle Helms-Hosfeldt and husband Arthur of Spanaway, WA. She leaves one brother and three sisters, Peter B. “Sonny” George Jr of Nespelem, WA, Gloria Hammond and husband Michael, Joanne Stopp and husband Thomas, and Linda Standing Cloud all of Tahlequah, OK. She leaves seven nieces, five nephews, over 50 great nieces and nephews, and a very special friend, Kathy Walker of Oklahoma City, OK, as well as many friends and a host of loved ones too numerous to mention.
- Michael Hammond, Honorary
- Michael Evan Hammond, Honorary
- Mark James Hammond, Honorary
- Thomas Stopp, Honorary
- Justin McKenna, Honorary
- Uriah Tomasik, Honorary
- RaShaan Brownlee, Honorary
- Marvin Brownlee, Honorary
- Arthur Hosfeldt, Honorary
- Sonny George, Honorary
- Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
Gaylene Mary Helms
September 7, 2019
To the George family in Oklahoma my condolences. You are all my cousins and we are one as Indians. I haven't seen Gaylene since she moved from our Colville reservation but I miss her. I know she is in a better place and all her troubles are gone. Lem Lem
September 6, 2019
I met Gaylene in 1972 at the Flaming Rainbow School Without Walls. We became friends as the years went on and we spent many happy hours listening to her fairly extensive collection of current music albums. She loved music. Gaylene was a happy person with a very generous heart. She was creative, talented and I was honored to see and enjoy some of her her creations. I loved her sense of humor and her laugh. She will forever have a place in my heart.
September 6, 2019
My favorite memories were of our times spent in Montana, when we stayed at your home when we first moved up there. I will miss your free spirit, your sweet smile and your giving heart.
September 5, 2019
I met Gaylene the year I moved to Tahlequah to start college. Her parents didn't seem too thrilled with a big city white boy dating their daughter. Eventually, we became friends.
Gaylene's spiritual beauty was inspiring. Although we weren't together for a long time, we remained close friends for years to come.
When I think of Gaylene, I see a beautiful, Indian princess. I will remember that forever. I cherish our time together.
Rest in Peace my "Tiny Dancer".