Beverly Jane Helms, affectionately known as “Bev”, was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother during her incredible 84 years of life. She passed away peacefully on January 26, 2024, surrounded by her family.

Bev was born on July 28, 1939, to Paul and Della Moore in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. Her childhood was spent on her family’s 150 acres of farmland, where they grew marsh hay and raised livestock. Her father worked at Federal Screw Works and built custom cabinetry as a hobby in his woodshop, and her mother was a homemaker. Bev cherished her roles as an older sister to Richard (“Dick”) and a younger sister to Audrey. She often helped her father with various projects, including assisting him with woodworking in the woodshop.

Bev’s academic ability was evident from an early age. She completed two years of schooling in a single academic year, graduating from Dexter High School a year ahead of her peers in 1956. She was known for her popularity among her peers and her involvement in homecoming court.

During high school, Bev met the love of her life, Bruce Helms, at her youth group at Hiawatha Beach Church in Whitmore Lake. In August 1956, Bev and Bruce married at Grace Bible Church in Ann Arbor. Bev then gave birth to two beautiful daughters, Sherrie in 1958 and Debbie in 1963.

In the early 1970s, the Helms family moved to Imlay City, where they built their family home on ten acres of land. She worked diligently alongside her husband to construct their home while balancing full-time employment. Bev lived in that house for 50 years, where she continued to maintain her home with the tremendous help of Burt, her wonderful neighbor. Bev’s dedication and hard work extended beyond her family life as she held various long-term positions, including managing 5 departments at Grant City, working at Dairy Queen and McDonald’s, selling Avon, and providing compassionate care as a home health aide, but her most important role was as a homemaker throughout her life.

In 1994, Bev was widowed when Bruce had a sudden heart attack after fighting a fire that had gotten out of control right outside their home.

Bev was known for her generosity and community spirit. She served as a pianist at Hiawatha Beach Church and taught Sunday school to three-year-olds for over twenty years at Calvary Bible Church in Lapeer, where she also served as a deaconess. She volunteered at the WMCP Share-a-thon for many years. In her free time, Bev frequented her local restaurants for social visits, lovingly gave donuts to the police, and proudly shared photos of her beautiful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with everyone she met.

Bev’s greatest joy came from her family. She was a devoted grandmother to eleven grandchildren and a loving great-grandmother to three great-grandchildren. She doted on them, always remembering to send each one a card on their birthday. Her home was always filled with love, laughter, and an abundance of treats and fond memories for everyone who visited, even taking grandchildren on dates in her sports car and spoiling them with whole boxes of cereal per person, unlimited cookies, and countless backrubs.

Bev is survived by two daughters, Sheryl Fregoso and Debra Wright; grandchildren, Melissa Syring, Heather Hancock, Sara Shogren (Steve), Elizabeth Syring-McDaniel (Richard), Karissa Syring, Steven Wright, Phillip Wright (Hannah), Mark Wright, Anna Gitonga (Reuben), Lydia Rudasumbwa (Joel); great grandchildren, Arthur Wright, Nora Wright and Ava Wright; sister, Audrey Harris (Jerry); brother, Richard Moore (Margo) and many nieces and nephews.

Bev was predeceased by her husband Bruce, parents, Paul and Della Moore, granddaughter, Mary Wright and brother-in-law, Marvin Potter.

Bev’s memory will forever be held dear by her loving family and cherished by all who were blessed to have known her.

Funeral services for Beverly Jane Helms will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, at Calvary Bible Church in Lapeer, MI.

Visitation hours are 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 2, at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City, MI, and 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, at Calvary Bible Church. Beverly will be interred at Hamburg Cemetery in Hamburg, MI.

Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.

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