Helen Finnegan Marling, beloved wife of the late William A. “Bill” Marling, devoted mother of Mary Marling, Suellen Marling, Judy (Steve) Burge, and Ginny (Dave) Bailey; precious Mamma of Steven (Chihiro) Suzuki-Shaw, Sarah Burge (wife of Ev Meade), Andrew (Danielle Henson) Burge, Jennifer (Bo) Bailey Forbes, Kate Bailey, and Rebecca Bailey; proud great-grandmother of Olivia Forbes, Phoebe Forbes, Lucinda Meade and Quincy Meade entered into eternal rest on June 1,2018. Helen was born February 28, 1928 to George and Mae Wellman Finnegan. In addition to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren she is survived by her baby sister, Nancy Finnegan Cumpston, and many nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her sisters Doris Wood Hunt, Eileen Riggs, Pat Jones, Dorothy Schnelle Druschel, and Joan Mason, her brothers John and George Allen Finnegan, an infant brother Donald and an infant sister Clara.
Helen was a warm, loving woman who welcomed people into her home with genuine pleasure. All were made to feel immediately at ease and befriended for life. She loved to cook, do counted cross stitch, and quilt. Whatever she did was done well. After her retirement, she became a regular member of the Kitchen Committee at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Cameron. Helen was a life-long member of the Church.
As her four daughters reminisced they found these tender memories of a Mom who: could always sew anything-even Barbie underwear, could stretch that food $ with powdered milk, eggs, cheese, and oatmeal and split a coke 5 ways!, could pack every kid on North Avenue into the back of a “41 Chevy, could (with a straight face) go to four classrooms at Cameron Grade School asking which little Marling forgot to wear her underwear!!, bought Mr. Good Bars for the entire first grade class, went without stuff just so we could have clothes and shoes, worked hard jobs so her girls could go to college (and sewed a needle through her finger), spent her first paychecks on a chair for Dad, cared when she heard kids at school were going hungry, so took them a bag of groceries for their family, made the sweetest, best tea in Marshall County, could make a cake and icing without an electric mixer, made quilts, clothes, costumes, and cabbage patch outfits for her grandchildren, sewed shirts and pants for her son-in-law, could have won blue ribbons at a fair with her pies, rolls, cinnamon twists, and cakes, kept all us girls “out of the streets”, captured Dad’s heart with her bright eyes, loved us always-even when we didn’t deserve it. We give you our hearts. Her family would like to thank Marianne Jumper, Rev. Dr. Steven Jumper, Debra Minton, Peggy Cumpston Simmons, and Joyce Maurer Lindquist for their care and loving support of Helen and the family. There will be no visitation. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 7 North Ave., Cameron, WV 26033 or online at www.TMCFunding.com.
Arrangements by the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, WV 26041, where online condolences mat be extended to the family atwww.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com