Helen Marie Ware Obituary, 2017

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. On July 17, 2017, Helen Marie Ware went home to be with her beloved Lord and Saviour. She was preceded in death by her daughter Leaette Woodfin, husband Marvin Ware of 38 years, and daughter Pauletta Ware. She is survived by her daughter Kimberly Williams (Jim) of Westminster, CO; granddaughter Samantha Woodfin of Allentown, PA; grandsons Tyler Williams of Westminster, CO, Cody Williams of San Antonio, TX; brother Shorty Rantz of Los Alamos; sister Nedra of Missouri; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen was born in Reeds Springs, MO, to Roy and Elizabeth Rantz. She was one of 11 siblings. Her family moved to California and worked picking peaches in the Central Valley. Her future husband’s family also worked there in the peach orchards. Helen saw Marvin and tried to get his attention so she threw a peach at him. Three weeks later, she married the love of her life on November 3, 1956 in Ceres, CA. In 1958, they moved to Lompoc and Marvin worked at JM. In 1961 the couple and their two daughters moved to Los Olivos, CA. They joined Berean Baptist Church where Helen has been a member ever since. She served the Lord faithfully in many ways including as church secretary. In 1980, they moved to Los Alamos, but continued attending Berean Baptist Church.

Helen loved people. Her life was about putting others first. She was very outgoing and always willing and ready to volunteer at potlucks and socials helping her friends, relatives and neighbors any way that she could. She was a housewife and mother to a tee. She was about her husband and children. Very involved with supporting the girls in 4H through their early years. After the girls had grown Helen started working outside the home. She worked at the Danish Mill Bakery from 1988 until 2004 where she served up Danish pastries with a sweet smile. From 2007 until 2010 she worked as a teacher’s aide at College Elementary School for the kindergarten class. She loved children and they loved her. She was an avid reader. She would rather read a good book than watch a program on TV. She knew her Bible well and enjoyed her weekly Bible Study in Los Alamos. She was always in Church on Sunday unless she was sick or on vacation. She loved singing the old hymns and had many favorites including “Blessed Assurance”, “When We All Get to Heaven” and her favorite “At Calvary”. She will be missed by all whose life she has touched.

There was a memorial service at the Loper Funeral Chapel in Ballard, CA celebrating Helen’s life on Saturday, July 22nd. Following the service there was a reception at the Senior Center in Los Alamos. Cards and donations for expenses may be made to Kim Williams at P.O. Box 55, Los Olivos, CA, 93441.

To all that have graciously read this, Helen’s prayer would be that you would come to know Jesus and receive Him as your Lord and Saviour and be able to spend eternity with Him.

Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.


Source:  Santa Maria Times (CA) – Thursday, July 20, 2017

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