OBITUARY: GLADYS NORABELLE (SHELLEY) HELM STEVENS February 20,1923 to April 9, 2003 THE FRESNO BEE, FRESNO, CA, Sunday, April13, 2003 Gladys Helm Stevens of Selma CA, passed away April 9, 2003 in Selma.She was born Gladys Norabelle Shelley February 20, 1923 in Brawley, CA.She was preceded in death by husband, Lon Q. Helm in1972, second husband DeWeese Stevens 2001, daughter Carolyn (Helm) Coker Cervantes 1995, father Curtis Shelley 1948, mother Nora (Little) Shelley 1935, and grandson Christian Laikam 1967. Mrs. Stevens lived in Selma since 1927 and attended schools here. She was active on the Helm family farm until 1972. From 1981 until 1989 she owned and operated Creative Copy Center in Fresno with husband, DeWeese. Mrs. Stevens was a member of Cathedral of Light Church in Selma and previously coordinated their Prime Timers Senior Group, and chaired the Greeter program. She also belonged to the Women?s Ministry, and founded the Good Samaritan Mission Willing Workers. Our precious mother was warm, friendly and laughed easily. She grew beautiful flowers and fed wild birds in her yard each day. She was especially proud of her early American pioneer heritage. Funeral services: 10:00 am, April 15, 2003 Cathedral of Light Church, 3200 McCall Avenue, Selma. Interment: Floral Memorial Cemetery in Selma. ............................................. FAMILY: FATHER: CURTIS SHELLEY - born Richwood McDonald Co. MO, died Selma Fresno Co. CA. (Curtis Shelley was the son of Thomas Shelly - born Greene Co. TN, died Fayetteville Washington Co. AR; Mary Elizabeth Love - born Clinton Co. KY, died Richwood, McDonald Co MO. Thomas Shelly was the son of James Shelly and Hannah. Mary Elizabeth Love, was the daughther of James Martin Love and Jane Maloney.) MOTHER: NORA BELLE LITTLE - born Clark Co. IN, died Selma Fresno Co. CA.
(Nora Belle Little was the daughter of Lewis Samuel Little - born Oldham Co. KY, died Bethleham Clark Co IN; Ida Belle Morgan - born Lawrenceburg Dearborn Co. IN, died Tecumseh Pottawatomie OK [remarried to William Ragan]. Lewis Samuel Little was the son of James Little - born Campbell Co. VA, died KY; Louvica Varble - born Oldham Co. KY, died Louisville Jefferson Co. KY. Ida Belle Morgan was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Morgan - born Lawrenceburg Dearborn Co. IN, died Louisville Jefferson Co. KY; Harriet Elender Coons - born Clark Co. IN, died Louisville Jefferson Co. KY.)
FIRST HUSBAND: LON QUIM HELM - born Okmulgee Okmulgee Co OK, died Selma Fresno Co. CA. (Lon Quim Helm was the son of Roscoe Helm - born TX, died Selma Fresno Co. CA; Laura Belle Fuller - born Conway Faulkner AR, died Selma Fresno Co. CA. Roscoe Helm was the son of James Bryant Helm - born Paducah McCracken Co. KY, died Severe Okmulgee Co. OK; Martha Jane Clement - born TX, died Okmulgee Okmulgee Co. OK. Laura Belle Fuller was the daughter of John Wesley Fuller - born Centre Cherokee Co. AL, died Okmulgee Okmulgee Co. OK; Mary Francis Elizabeth McMurry - born Centre Cherokee Co. AL, died Okmulgee Okmulgee Co. OK.)
SECOND HUSBAND: DEWEESE WINCHESTER STEVENS - born Glendora Los Angeles Co. CA, died Fresno Fresno Co. CA.(DeWeese Winchester Stevens was the son of Preston DeWeese Stevens and Lula Du King.)