Helen Isabel Means of Jefferson City, MO, passed away at University Hospital in Columbia, MO on October 29 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Helen was born on December 22, 1942 in Alton, IL to Raymond and Isabel (Jenkins) Myers. After graduating from Jerseyville High School, she attended Evangel College in Springfield, MO where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and earned her Master’s Degree from Drury. She spent over 30 years teaching in the Aurora R-8 School District in Aurora, MO - teaching first grade and kindergarten.
Helen was proceeded in death by her parents, father-in-law Vernice Means, sister-in-law JoAnn Myers, and brother-in-law Cliff Weakley.
She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, James Means; daughters Amy (Matt) McKenzie of Clemmons, NC and Tracy Gragg of Sulphur, LA; grandchildren Ashley, James and Michael McKenzie of Clemmons, NC, Kayla and Timothy Mullen of Dacula, GA, Rebekah and Micah Gragg of Sulphur, LA; brother, Melvin Myers of Bethalto, IL; mother-in-law, Betty Means of Aurora, MO; sisters-in-law, Patsy Weakley of Foley, AL, and Angela (Mike) McClure of Monett, MO; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Helen was a member of First Assembly of God in Jefferson City, MO, where she had served in Girls Ministries as a teacher and coordinator for many years.
Helen lived her life loving. She loved God and served Him whole-heartedly from the time she was very small. In January of 1970, she married the love of her life, James Means, and her love for him and their family was evident to everyone who met her. She didn’t just love God and her family, Helen loved people and was quick to show others how much she loved them.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 28 at 11:00 am at First Assembly of God in Jefferson City, MO.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Salvation Army or to the Special Learning Center in Jefferson City, MO - both of which were near to Helen’s heart.