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Elizabeth "Betty" P. Helmsin

Sunday, December 27th, 1925 - Thursday, November 28th, 2019
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Elizabeth P. “Betty” Helmsin, 93

Elizabeth P. “Betty” Helmsin, 93 of Ashland passed away, Thursday morning November 28, 2019 in the Bradford House at Brethren Care Village.

She was born on December 27, 1925, the daughter of the late Pieter and Catherina Poth Sr. in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Betty was a 1944 graduate of Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, West Virginia. She went on to attend the Ohio State University taking courses in hospital accounting. Betty would later attend Mansfield Technical School where she took computer science courses.

She married the love of her life, Guy R. Helmsin on January 5, 1959 who preceded her in death on February 4, 1981.

Betty served as the Director of Fiscal Services at Grant Hospital in Columbus, then in 1971 was hired as Comptroller at Samaritan Hospital in Ashland. Betty was later promoted to Vice President of Finance in 1978 and retired from Samaritan in December of 1990 after nearly 20 years of service.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, serving as church treasurer and on church council from 1998 to 2001 and attended Trinity Lutheran Church regularly.

Betty was an active lady involved in many organizations throughout her life. She was an active member of the Ohio Hospital Association, Health Care Financial Management former Treasurer and awards Secretary, Altrusa Foundation, Ashland City County Council, Ashland County AARP, Ashland County Council on Aging, Hospice of North Central Ohio, American Legion Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Auxiliary, and the Ashland Evening Lions Club. Betty was honored as one of the Ashland County Women of Achievement several years ago.

She loved to read, cook, and enjoyed gardening and lawn care. Betty was also an avid traveler, bowler and bingo player.

Betty is survived by one step-daughter, Janalee Bauschka of Olympia Washington; two step grandchildren, Michael Bauschka of Tucson, Arizona and Myelle Bauschka Littman of Phoenix, Arizona; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Linda (Bill) Clouser of Ashland and Becky (Gene) Weimer of Ashland.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held, Friday, December 6, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Koch and Reverend Jean Coleman officiating. Following the service, a meal and time of fellowship will be held in the Legacy Room of the funeral home. She will be laid to rest with her husband in Sunset Cemetery in Galloway. Friends may call Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 3 pm to 6 pm in the funeral home with Lion’s services during visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ashland Evening Lion’s Club, Noonan Use Fund, 943 King Ridge, Ashland, Ohio 44805, Ashland County Council on Ageing, 240 East 3rd Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805 or the Ashland County Senior Center, 615 West 10th Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 12:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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    Reverend Michael Koch
    Reverend Jean Coleman
  • Interment

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 3:30pm
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 3:30pm
    Sunset Cemetery
    6959 West Broad Street
    Columbus, Ohio
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Karen M. Bair

Posted at 02:41pm
Sorry to see the loss of of this dear lady. Prayers for the family.🌺

Michael Bauschka

Posted at 11:43am
I want to thank everyone for the love they have shown Betty over the years. Her work and commitment to the community of Ashland was an inspiration to us. She was always so kind to our family and my mom. She will be missed but we know she is now in a better place.

God Bless,
Michael Bauschka

Darrell/Becky Echelberger

Posted at 05:46pm
On behalf of myself and my husband, as well as The Ashland Senior Citizen Center, we extend our sincere sympathy for the loss of this great lady. Betty was a good friend and an active Center Member for many years. I am unable to attend calling hours or services due to surgery I had this morning. God Bless.
Becky Echelberger

Craig Wiley

Posted at 10:28am
On behalf of the Lions Clubs of Zone 7 (Ashland County), I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy. I also extend my personal condolences, as my grandmother, Helen Wiley, worked for Betty in the Samaritan Hospital business office.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Craig Wiley
Zone 7 Chairperson

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