Helen Irene Carson passed away from life on this earth to her eternal home with Jesus on Sunday, April 16, 2023. Helen was born August 2, 1932, to Earl and Lillian Reynolds in Fort Scott, KS.
She grew up in Fort Scott and married Kenneth Carson on November 21, 1951. They moved away for a time but returned to Fort Scott in 1979. Kenneth preceded Helen in death in 1984. Before Kenneth’s passing, Helen started and ran her own business, Helen’s Hilltop Fabrics, from her home just north of town to support her family.
In 2007, she moved to Missouri to live near her daughter, son in-law and grandson. She never thought she would live in Fort Scott again. Then, much to her own surprise, she decided to move back in May 2020 when her granddaughter and family moved to town.
She thrived the last 3 years of her life and enjoyed sharing the town with her family, taking care of some of her great grandkids, serving at her church, hosting visitors, and having fun with her girlfriends. In her family, Helen was the keeper of memories from this place, and she had an abundance of stories to tell of it. She loved it when her grandkids would come to visit, and she could drive them around sharing all her memories and the history of this town.
Helen was an only child and only grandchild, but from her life and love she grew a family of 3 children, 13 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren. Her cup truly did runneth over with blessing and many have been greatly blessed by her as well. She was a loving, strong, hardworking mother and grandmother. She was a kind and generous Mema to her great grandchildren. She was a faithful friend and a devoted servant to her town and church. Helen loved the Lord with all her heart and faithfully came to Him every day in prayer for her family and friends. More than anything she wanted them to know the love of God as she did.
Helen is survived by her children, Kenna & Drew Davis of Ozark, MO, Mimi & Mike Ross of Fort Scott, KS, and Andy & Denise Carson of Portland, OR. Also, by her grandchildren; Shannon & Del Wales, Kelly & Scott Evans, Krista & Matt Park, Luke Ross, Eric & Christmas Davis, Kayla & Ronnie Hardt, Carson & Ligia Davis, Chelsea & Kyle Marshall, Heather & Alex Cuilty, Sam Carson, Melynda & Harrison Schober, Dirk & Ella Davis, and Holly Carson. As well as her many great grandchildren.
Rev. Dusty Drake will conduct funeral services at 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 19th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Community Christian Church Youth Building Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.