Beverly Gayle Wallingford Helvey, 74

Published 10:35 am Wednesday, November 23, 2022

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Beverly Gayle Wallingford Helvey, age 74, of Goddard Road, Wallingford, passed away Monday, November 21, 2022, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born November 4, 1948, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Emerson and Bonnie Rosser Wallingford. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Tamara Denise “Tammy” Wallingford on October 13, 1964.

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Her devoted husband of 50 years, Warren Helvey, whom she married July 3, 1969, at the Methodist Church in Maysville, passed away April 12, 2020.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher David McKinley Helvey and Lee Ann of Wallingford and Justin Howard Helvey and Christine of Maysville; four grandchildren, Colleen Helvey and Cory Ferguson, Ross Helvey, Devin Helvey and Hannah, and Ian Helvey; four great grandchildren, Emory Solomon Ferguson, Madelyn Naomi Ferguson, Bennett McKinley Helvey and Charlotte Ruth Helvey; and one bonus granddaughter, Dottie Jo Henson and Ray Duffy , and three bonus great grandchildren, Kyler, Karson, and Kara Duffy.

Other survivors include one sister, Lenore Schumacher and Glenn, and one brother, Emerson “Lucky” Wallingford, all of Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.

Beverly was a graduate of Mason County High School and attended the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University. Her career as a teacher, primarily in early childhood education, spanned 27 years. She retired as Family Involvement Coordinator, Education Coordinator, at Kentucky River Foothills Head Start in 2003. She was a former Head Teacher and Center Director at Powell County Head Start, and Head Teacher at Clark County Head Start. Following retirement, she enjoyed meeting monthly with the “Cracker Barrel Gang,” a group of former teachers who maintained a strong friendship through the years.

Beverly loved her family unconditionally and enjoyed spending time making special memories on a daily basis and on special occasions. She will be greatly missed and remembered as a beloved wife, mother, mamaw, sister, and friend.

Private graveside services will be held Friday at Helvey Family Cemetery in Wallingford with Pastor Brad Epperson officiating. Pallbearers will be Christopher Helvey, Justin Helvey, Ross Helvey, Devin Helvey, Ian Helvey, Cory Ferguson

Visitation for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. until 12 noon Friday, November 25, 2022, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Beverly’s memory to Russell Theatre, P. O. Box 371, Maysville, KY 41056 or Knitted Knockers Support Foundation (Breast Cancer Survivor Awareness), 1405 Fraser Street #F103, Bellingham, WA 98229

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