---- — DRAKESVILLE — Grace “Pat” Helmick, 81, of Drakesville, died at 3:15 a.m. January 22, 2014, at Ridgewood Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born March 31, 1932, in Wapello County, Iowa, to Richard and Ruth Waller Donaldson. She married Ray Helmick on February 21, 1961. He preceded her in death on February 1, 1981.
Pat had worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Schlegel in Bloomfield and Dr. O’Hara in Ottumwa.
Surviving are a stepdaughter, Joyce (Marvin) Roberts of Blakesburg; seven stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Bonnie (John) Shepherd of Bloomfield and Jackie (David) Carlberg of Blakesburg; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two stepsons, Roger and Charles Helmick; three sisters, Helen Blew, Peggy Dommer and Irene Burdett; a brother, Keith Donaldson.
Her body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Baker officiating. Inurnment will be in the Drakesville Cemetery.
The family will be present one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.