Helen Pearl Gilmore
October 2, 1924 – March 23, 2018
Helen Pearl Gilmore
Was born October 2, 1924 in Chariton, Iowa-daughter of Robert and Myrtle Dillman. A 24 year resident of Twin Falls, Idaho, she passed away at the age of 93 on Friday, March 23rd. She was a 5 year resident at Brookdale Senior Assisted Living in Twin Falls.
Helen was married to Ray Arthur Gilmore II in Houston, TX in 1944 where he received his USAF wings that same day. They lived in Grand Island and Omaha, Nebraska, Red Oak, Iowa and retiring in Las Cruses, New Mexico before moving to Idaho to be closer to their daughter.
Helen was a beautiful singer and grew up in Chariton with five other singing sisters. She and her younger sister went on to sing for WOW radio in Des Moines, Iowa where they met Ronald Reagan who was the sports announcer there. When Helen Married Ray Gilmore, her younger sister went on with her singing career, performing with Stan Kenton’s Band.
Helen was a beloved choir director at the Red Oak, Iowa Methodist Church for 15 years, directing the children, youth and chancel choirs.
She was beloved by those who were in her life. Her joy of music was passed on to her family and friends in a very significant way.
Helen was a member of the Red Oak, Iowa PEO and Twin Falls, Idaho chapters.
She is survived by her 2 children: Barbara Gilmore Capik of Sun Valley, Idaho, Ray Arthur Gilmore III (Skip) of Sunland, California; 1 granddaughter: Elizabeth Capik Maynard of Lincoln, Massachusetts, and 3 great grandchildren: Gillian Gilmore Maynard (14), Henry Maynard (11), and Will Maynard (7), also of Lincoln, Massachusetts.
There will be a short memorial service in the chapel at the Presbyterian Church in Twin Falls on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made to Visions Hospice of Twin Falls, Idaho, and the First Presbyterian Church of Twin Falls.
Arrangements are under the direction of White Mortuary, Chapel by the Park, Twin Falls.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.whitemortuary.com.
- Celebration of Helen's Life Friday, April 6, 2018