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“I still think about you all the time Shay. I have so so so many people cherished from my childhood with you and Thurlene... I miss you and wish you...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Rachel Keith - Friend

Gals in the family, July 2014 “My condolences to all those Shay touched through her life. What a lovely obituary. Thinking of you all during this time of grief. With love, Gwenda ”
2 of 32 | Posted by: Gwenda Atkinson - Arlington, VA

“This is such a sad time for everyone who knew Shay. She was a wonderful woman. Our hearts are aching for you, may God wrap His loving arms around you...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. Shay will be truly missed. She was a care giver to my 4 children. The Way girls and brother Kenny Crockett. I am...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Belinda Bradbeer - Madison, OH

“my parents and I will miss shay so much. She and Thureen babysat me since i was 9 months old and they both babysat my baby when he was 9 months old....Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Rachel Keith - Jefferson, OH


6 of 32 | Posted by: Darlene - Perry, OH

“I am so sorry to the family, went to school with Shah, she was always smiling and never had a bad outlook on anything. She will be truly missed! ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Linda Mcgonnell

“I will treasure the memory of her for ever. She was a childhood friend who grew into a beautiful woman inside and out. Always put a smile on my face....Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry for your loss. always remember the times and years you two shared together; good, bad ,happy and sad you had with each other. Even in the bad...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Scott & Gina Karako - Co-worker

“We are saddened to hear of Shay's passing. Her laugh and sense of humor could brighten the darkest day. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“We are saddened to hear of Shay's passing. Her laugh and sense of humor could brighten the darkest day. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm going to miss Aunt Shay so much. She gave weird advice but that's what I loved about her. I love you so much and miss you so much already Aunt...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Maria Vagi - Perry, OH

“Shay was one of the warmest, happiest, funniest ladies it was truly our PRIVELEGE to know! To all her family, whom she treasured, may the love and...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“There's not a more wonderful woman than Shay. Although it is a dark time for so many who love her, it is a bright new time of restored health and...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Vicki Wakelee - Perry

“We will hold you in are hearts Shay . So sorry for your loss, prayers for both families. ”
15 of 32 | Posted by: gloria and sharon platt - AZ

“Shay you are gone to soon. You are loved by many and will truly be missed beyond any word I could write. I will always remember you. I am truly sorry...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Helmick and Bartlett families so sorry to hear of Shays sudden passing she was one special person and loved be many. She will be turely missed...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Louise Burzanko - Mooresville, NC

“David and Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Shay was a great attribute to society and those that she knew. Her thoughtful ways,...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: The Hagan Family - Perry, OH

“There are no words to express how saddened we are at the loss here on earth of this wonderful woman of God. I will miss her "I love you guys" and ...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Penny and Tom Harrison - Concord, OH

“David and family. Shay was such a super person. I can't imagine the loss your all feeling. I loved her spirit and her awesome smile. A beautiful...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear about this and so sudden. Our prayers are with all of you. ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: Mike & Brenda Pratt - Salem

“I am so sorry for your loss. It was an honor knowing her David, and she will be greatly missed. My heart is breaking. ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Karen Dillon - Painesville, OH

“Love and prayers!!! ”
23 of 32 | Posted by: Jerry and Jeannie Loyd - WV

“I am sure Shay's family does and will miss her dearly. May the peace of the Lord be with you all through these times.Bill Pethtel ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“We, as so many others, have been BLESSED to have you in our lives. We will miss you greatly. God Bless to the family and friends who are missing...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“I remember Sunday School as a kid and Shay always being there, such a loss, R.I.P. ”
26 of 32 | Posted by: Roger Lett - Rome, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. I adored Shay, her happiness and her incredible kindness. Sending peace, light & love. ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Alison Magyari - Mentor, OH

“Rick and family so sorry to hear the loss off your sister,remembering the old days when we came over to your house in Perry on Main Street visiting...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Gina (Simons) Jones - Painesville, OH

“So sorry for your loss of one the happiest people I know. I worked at Curves when Shay was coming. She was a GREAT person and I know will be missed...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Sharon Flanigan - Perry, OH

“To all the Families and friends who loved Shay, just know that even though I can not be there, you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Cindy (Bartlett) Humpe - OH

“So sorry David and family she was a great person .Wish we hadn't lost contact. ”
31 of 32 | Posted by: Dorothy malek - Rock Creek, OH

“David and Family , so sorry to hear of your loss, sending you my loving thoughts ... ”
32 of 32 | Posted by: Glenna McFadden


Shurlene "Shay" Helmick, age 59, of Perry, Ohio, passed away Tuesday evening, May 5, 2015 at the Madison Urgent Care Facility. Shay was born in Painesville, Ohio on April 7, 1956 to Thurl and Virginia (nee Skinner) Bartlett. She married David Helmick on June 13, 1987.

Shay loved everybody, especially children. She was a kid at heart and friend to all with an infectious smile on her face, and always "HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY". She was the caregiver for many Perry children and was known as "Me-maw" and "Shay, Shay". She loved to crochet, sew, and make baby blankets. A favorite pastime was porch night with her family and neighbors. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. A member of Perry Christian Church, she was the Superintendent of Sunday Schools, Chair of the Sacristan, and Chair of the Prayer Chain. Shay cooked the communion bread for every Sunday service. A mother of the church, she will be missed.

Shay is survived by husband of 27 years, David; sons, George (Tammy) Pierce, James (Tricia) Helmick, Gregory (Jennifer) Helmick; grandchildren, Jessica, Destiny, Zack, Paige, Elle, Cassandra, Jaymz, Austin, Gavin, Addison; siblings, Don (Judy) Bartlett, Debby (David) Korody, Roger (Paula) Bartlett, Thurlene (Paul) Lawson, Randy Bartlett, Rick (Darla) Bartlett, Tami (Ron) Smith, and loved nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister-in-law and best friend, Sue Ponn.

Friends will be received 4 – 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River Street, Madison, Ohio. Funeral service will be officiated by Rev. Dr. Janet Mers of Perry Christian Church at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the funeral home. Final Resting place will be Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chesterland, Ohio.

Contributions may be made in Shay's name to Perry Christian Church, P.O. Box 177, Perry, Ohio 44081-0177.