Shirley Ann Helm, enjoyed reading

October 17, 2020

Shirley Ann Helm, 83, of Dagsboro passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at Beebe Medical Center. Shirley was born Dec. 4, 1936, to the late Oliver and Mary (Steele) Mitchell.

In addition to her parents, Shirley is preceded in death by her husband Robert Helm in 2005; her brothers George, John and James (Pete) Mitchell; sisters Joyce Mitchell and Elizabeth Mumford (Lib); and a great-great-granddaughter, Aliyah Simms.

She worked as a lab tech for NCR for many years. Shirley enjoyed reading, cooking, jigsaw puzzles, NASCAR and the Boston Celtics. She was a very personable, easygoing person who never really met a stranger. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Shirley is survived by two children, Cheryl Lynn Helm Pierce and her husband Kentledge Pierce of Salisbury, Md., and Michael Robert Oliver Helm and his wife Elizabeth of Dagsboro; as well as one sister, Deborah Harbaugh. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Brandice Howard (husband Mario) and Aaron Howell (wife Colleen) as well as six great-grandchildren, Alexa, Desmond, Maric and Candon Howard, and Isaac and Hannah Howell. She is also survived by extended family and friends.

To protect the safety of family and friends amid the current health risks, there is no viewing. A private graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Dagsboro Redmen’s Memorial Cemetery. The family requests attendees to please wear masks and observe safe social distancing. A live video memorial gathering will be held at a future date TBD. Those interested in the memorial gathering can send an email to: Family members will send out information on how to view and participate as soon as the memorial details are set.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to AI duPont Hospital for Children NICU, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 Attn: Fund Office, or the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, 1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803, in honor of their care for Hannah Howell and Aliyah Simms.

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