Helen grew up in Texas County, Missouri, and graduated from Houston High School in Houston, Missouri, in 1941.
She was united in marriage to Lester Ival Maxvill on June 21, 1941 in Huggins, Missouri. Four children were born to this union. Over the years, they enjoyed making large vegetable gardens on their farm where they raised their family. Mr. Maxvill passed away on March 24, 1990.
Helen was a member of the Women’s Progressive Farmer’s Association (WPFA) for many years and shewas also a longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross.
She enjoyed quilting and started oil painting in her 80s, which she truly loved.
Helen was a member of Abundant Life Church in Dunn, Missouri. She was an extremely faithful Christianover the years and served as a Sunday school teacher for many of those years. She loved her church familyvery much. They looked after her and someone was always visiting with her or taking her to lunch after church.
Helen made her home in Cabool, Missouri, for the past 25 years, first at Pineview Heights and then Landmark Villa.
She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lyla Jean; one brother, Earl Robertson; two sisters, Bernice Sexton and Faye Blackmon; a daughter-in-law, Vivian Maxvill; and a granddaughter, Sandy Maxvill.
She is survived by two sons, Louie Maxvill and Merlin Maxvill and wife Ann, all of Mtn. Grove, Missouri; one daughter, Linda Tarpley and husband Rennie of Conway, Arkansas; seven brothers, Orville “Shorty” Robertson and wife Virginia, Dale Robertson, Don Robertson, Francis Robertson and wife Fern, all of Mtn. Grove, Norman Robertson and wife Sue and Robert Robertson and wife Teresa, all of Kansas City, Missouri, and Dean Robertson and wife Sharon of Springfield, Missouri; one sister, Shirley Goforth and husband Warren, of St. Robert, Missouri; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; her dear friends from Abundant Life Church; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Pastor Darrell Mayberry officiating. J.C. and Jeannie Spurgeon sang “Amazing Grace,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.” Pallbearers were John Maxvill, Aaron Maxvill, Mike Maxvill, Stephen Tarpley, Tim Tarpley, Cody Rollins and Curtis Maxvill. Burial was in Number One Cemetery at Huggins under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.