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Marjorie B. Helfrich, age 95, died on Friday, January 5, 2018. Marjorie was born to Harry Lenwood Brooks and Bessie Bassett Brooks on July 10, 1922, in Ruleville, MS. She was a long time resident of Jackson, but called Bolton her home for the last eight years.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jan Eduard Helfrich; her son, John Edward Helfrich; grandson, Kevin A. Helfrich; two brothers and two sisters.

While working at Hawkins Field during World War II, she met a Dutchman who was finishing his flight training. After a brief courtship, he left to fight in the Atlantic Theatre. They corresponded by letter for three years during WWII after which this Mississippi girl boarded a train for New York City before taking a boat to the Netherlands to marry the love of her life. They lived in Holland for four years. Upon returning to the United States, they lived in Mississippi, Texas, and Alaska. After being widowed at the age of 43, Marjorie returned to Jackson to raise her six children.

Marjorie retired from the V.A. Hospital in 1984. Upon her retirement, she enjoyed gardening, playing bridge, extensive traveling, and took up the hobby of painting. A member of the Mississippi Artists Guild, Marjorie enjoyed using her talent throughout the remainder of her life. She was also a member of several bridge clubs and played bridge well into her 90s.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Mary Lou McCoy (Calvin) of Bolton; Ray Helfrich (Dianne) of Pachuta; Bob Helfrich of Hattiesburg; Janet Mashburn (Bobby) of Bolton; and Kasey Jones (Stennis) of Hattiesburg. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, her brother, Philip Brooks of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and sister Mary Pittman of Jay, Florida.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 9, from 9:30-11:00 at Holy Savior Catholic Church in Clinton, MS, with the service immediately following. Marjorie will be buried beside her husband in the Dutch plot at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Jackson, MS. Wright & Ferguson in Clinton is handling the arrangements.


Marjorie Helfrich
July 10, 1922 - January 5, 2018





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