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Helen Marie (Taylor) TomlinsonPassing: February 9, 2024


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Monday, February 12th @ 1:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday, February 12th @ 11:00am-1:00pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Monday, February 12th

ORLEANS – Helen Marie (Taylor) Tomlinson, 93, passed away Friday, February 9, 2024, at her residence.

Born February 9, 1931, in Sparta, Illinois, she was the daughter of John Taylor and Nancy (Dunn) McManus. She married James Morris Tomlinson on July 3, 1953, and he preceded her in death February 12, 1984.

Helen was a homemaker. She was the oldest member of Hillcrest Christian Church where she was active in the woman’s group at the church. Helen was also a member of Pathfinders and GFWC Women’s Club. She was a great cook, enjoyed hosting, and going out to eat. Helen would welcome anyone into her home. She loved her church, family, and friends and enjoyed going shopping for them at the Orleans Farmer’s Market.

Survivors include her daughter, Denise Bales of Orleans; granddaughters, Jennifer (Marty) Meyer of Orleans and Beth Ann (Ian Macdonald) Bales of Bedford; great-grandchildren, Emma Thompson, Drake Thompson, Evelyn Thompson, and James Meyer; and great-great-granddaughter, Malena Thompson.

Her parents; daughter, Susan Tomlinson; and siblings, Reva Barrett, Daisy Strande, Vernon “Tom” Taylor, and Inez Farley, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 12, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Mark Fugate and Luke Stultz officiating. Burial will follow at Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Mark Fugate and Luke Stultz officiating.

Memorial Gifts: Hillcrest Christian Church and Hoosier Uplands Hospice

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10 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Mike and Stacy Iwanicki | Wonder Lake IL
    Date: February 22, 2024
    Miss you Aunt Helen, we love you!
  2. Guest: Hoosier Uplands Hospice | Mitchell, IN
    Date: February 12, 2024
    Jennifer & family, We are so sorry for your loss of sweet Helen, what a beautiful woman in so many ways. It was truly an honor to be a part of her care, she will be missed terribly.
  3. Guest: Mike & Lee Grimes | Orleans, IN
    Date: February 12, 2024
    Jennifer, Beth Ann & family, We are so sorry for the loss of your Granny, she was such a precious neighbor to us, & to Irene before we moved in. We will miss seeing her on her patio & enjoying you all, she loved you SO very much! Every year when the Daylilies bloom in the backyard we will think of you Helen. Her endless love for everyone will be missed by so many. Praying for strength during this time for you girls.
  4. Guest: Barry Key | Indianapolis
    Date: February 12, 2024
    Helen was definitely a great character in my life I really enjoyed when she came into Aunt Kate’s to visit Gabby and I I am truly blessed to have known such a wonderful lady
  5. Guest: Hannah Hoover | Orleans IN
    Date: February 11, 2024
    Helen was such a good neighbor to us, the almost 5 years we knew her. Our children loved to leave goodies from the garden or pictures they made her on her porch. She always had a smile & big wave for us on her back porch or if we saw her at the farmer's market. She will be missed!
  6. Guest: Diane & Doug Scott | New Caney, Texad
    Date: February 11, 2024
    Aunt Helen always treated us so very special! She was my Godmother, Great Aunt & always showed joy & love to my entire family! I remember one time she came to visit when I was young & went shopping with my mom (her niece Ruth) & came home with an adorable pair of pajamas because she new PJ’s were my favorite! I will miss her bright smile & endless love she gave to all of us!❤
  7. Guest: Vera Moore | French Lick, Indiana
    Date: February 11, 2024
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.
  8. Guest: Tonda Fletcher | Mitchell, in
    Date: February 11, 2024
    Sorry for your loss
  9. Guest: Geno Piacentini | Connecticut
    Date: February 11, 2024
    sorry for your loss. Family and friends
  10. Guest: Becki | Bedford, In
    Date: February 11, 2024
    Helen was so very special to me and my late husband who used to tease her so. I will miss her beautiful personality and smile but I know she’s living her best life in heaven. Love you always, Helen!