Joyce B. Helmer, 91, of Watertown

Joyce B. Helmer, 91, of Watertown

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Joyce B. Helmer, 91, widow of Ernest L. Helmer, passed away Friday, February 8th, 2019 at the Samaritan Summit Village where she had been a resident for over 5 years.

Her funeral will be 1 pm Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown, with Pastor Milton LaSalle, officiating. Calling hours are from 11 am until the time of service on Tuesday. Spring burial will be in the Brookside Cemetery, Plessis, NY.

Joyce is survived by two daughters, Vicky (Edward) Bidwell, Liverpool and Sheila Helmer, Watertown; 11 grandchildren, many great grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.

She was predeceased by two daughters Barbara Helmer and Deborah Stafford. A brother Roger Clyde also predeceased her.

She was born in the Town of Alexandria December 18, 1927, a daughter to Henry Gilson Clyde and Myrtle George Clyde. She married Ernest L. Helmer July 17, 1947 in Plessis. Mr. and Mrs. Helmer enjoyed spending summers with their daughters, family and friends at their camp on Hyde Lake. In retirement, they traveled extensively. Mr. Helmer, a retired St. Regis Paper Co., papermaker, passed away July 11, 1993. Mrs. Helmer continued to travel until 5 years ago.

Joyce was an avid reader and would read a book a week.

The family would like to the thank the staff at the Samaritan Medical Center and Samaritan Summit Village for the wonderful care and comfort given to Joyce during her stays.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church, 20022 NYS Rt 3, Watertown, NY 13601.

Condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.

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