Martha Jane Helm, 93, Wabash, died at 4:06 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at Bickford Cottage in Wabash. She was born June 19, 1926, in Wabash, to John and Mabel (Walker) Farr.
She was a graduate of Chippewa High School, she then attended Manchester College where she studied art. She married Donald Richison Helm in Wabash on July 31, 1949; he died May 25, 1998.
She was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church and the Wabash Art Guild. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, and also painting with oil and watercolors
She is survived by six children: Terry (Charles) Foster of Wabash; Janet (Tom) Haupert of North Manchester; Mary (Gregg) Pfafman of Auburn; John (Tammy) Helm of Greenwood; David (Renee) Helm and Jeff Helm, both of Wabash; 16 grandchildren: Eric Burkhart, Tony Burkhart, Tim Burkhart, Lindsey Schenkel, Sara McCoart, Samantha Hamm, Joshua Leland, Whitney Lahrman, Evan Haupert, Jessica Helm, Zachary Pfafman, Rachel Pfafman, Victoria Pfafman, Matt Helm, Breann Schlemmer, and Taylor Helm; step-grandson, Travis Vail; 16 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Bass of Wabash; and son-in-law, Tom Burkhart of Shelburn.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, Cheryl Burkhart and Peggy Beverly, and two grandchildren, Andy Burkhart and Lisa Ferverda.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Jonathan Cornell officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion. Friends may call 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Wabash Presbyterian Church.