Helen Frances McCormack

June 1, 1922 - January 30, 2020
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Helen Frances McCormack, age 97, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away at 8:56 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the Bradford Court Assisted Living in Nixa, Missouri. She was born June 1, 1922, in Max, North Dakota, the daughter of Coleman and Gertrude (Eastman) Riddle the middle of five children. In 1928 her parents, with their children, moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Helen attended school graduating from Northeast High School in 1939. In 1943, she graduated from Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.

Helen worked for two years at the Army Air Base in Knob Noster, Missouri, during World War II. On August 11, 1946, she married Alvah Paul (Mac) McCormack and they lived the next three years in Warrensburg, while Mac attended the college and received his degree. It was in 1947 that their first son, James Alvah, was born.

In 1949, upon his graduation from college, Mac received a position with the Missouri Conservation commission and the family spent the next six years moving to several cities in the state. Helen spent these years caring for her son.

In 1953, the family moved to Pierce City, Missouri where Helen began her career for which she had planned all her life. She was hired as a teacher with the Pierce City High School and taught for two years. In 1955, the family moved to Aurora, Missouri, and Helen spent some 22 years teaching at the Junior and Senior High School. In 1958, her second son, Patrick Alex, was born and again Helen stayed at home to take care of her child.

In 1961, she was rehired to teach seventh grade English in the Jr. High and Spanish in the Aurora High School. Teaching was a very important and re-warding profession for Helen. She had many fine young people go through her classrooms and she lived long enough to see them become young men and women, who became outstanding citizens in the communities where they lived.

Helen joined the Methodist Church at the age of 12 and she remained an active and committed member the rest of her life. She was a Sunday school teacher, president of the Women’s Society and a leader of the youth group. Her God was very important to her and she enjoyed working in her church groups.

In addition to her church work, she joined the P.E.O. Sisterhood and was an active member. She loved being with people and she was an avid bridge player. She loved her family and all of her many friends. She enjoyed life and brought comfort and joy to others.
Helen retired from teaching in 1978, when Mac was diagnosed with melanoma malignancy. He passed away on October 14, 1981 and Helen remained in Aurora for the next 31 years.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Coleman and Gertrude, her younger brother, James, who was killed in Italy during World War II. Others who preceded her in death were her older brother, William (Dorothy) Riddle, her younger sister Ruth (Guy) Reed, and her older sister, Alice (Ralph) DeVaul and many of her in laws.

Helen is survived by her beloved children, Jim and Judy McCormack and Patrick and Lisa McCormack; grandchildren, Jamie and Brady Quirk and their children, Logan and Jordan, Jessica and Brent Rinker and their son, Owen, and Kaiti McCormack; many nieces and nephews in Warrensburg, Missouri and she leaves a host of friends in various cities where she spend her life. She also leaves many former students, whom she never forgot.

The family would like to thank all the nurses and staff at the Bradford Court Assisted Living in Nixa, Missouri, for all their care and compassion for Helen and her family.

A visitation, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora, will be held from 11:00-12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Aurora, with a funeral service to follow at 12:00 p.m. Burial will follow at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.

Memorial donations may be made payable to the United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

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