WESTFIELD, Mass. – Betty Kay (Helstrom) Dickinson, 82, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at home after a long illness, with her family, pastor and friends by her side. Born June 8, 1930, in Caribou, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Adina (Holts) Helstrom, and was raised on the family farm on Tangle Ridge Road, Perham.
She began her education at North Star School, where she lit fires in the mornings before school and was a 1949 graduate of Caribou High School. Betty and her husband, Wendell, lived in Colby where they raised their three daughters and moved to Westfield, Mass., in 1975. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Woodland, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, deaconess and youth leader. She was also a member of Mountain View Baptist Church of Holyoke, and found great love and friendship from that church family. Betty was a talented, capable, hardworking woman who made everything she did seem effortless. Her husband, girls and their families were so important to her. She was a devoted and generous wife, mama, grammy, mimi, other mimi and grammy Betty.
She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Wendell; three daughters, Jean Jacobs and her husband, Greg, of Colfax, Wis., Luanna Guerrette and her husband, Gary, of Easton and Penny O’Sullivan and her fiance, Ray Haluch, of Ludlow, Mass.; a sister, Wanda Loveless and her husband, Claud, of New Castle, Ind.; and two brothers, Carl Helstom and his wife, Pat, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Dale Helstrom of Van Buren. Betty also leaves six grandchildren, Kristi Jacobs Bartlett, Curt Guerrette, Jonathan Jacobs, Wendy Guerrette Dunham, and Ryan and Corey O’Sullivan; and 10 great-grandchildren, Katherine and Sarah Bartlett, Sheridan, Sydney, Jack and Sophie Guerrette, Nicholas Jacobs, James Martin Dunham, and Lyla and Madeleine O’Sullivan. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, who were very special to their Aunt Betty; and her other girl, Peggy Conroy Espling.
Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mountainview Baptist Church, 310 Apremont Highway, Holyoke, Mass. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery, Perham. Calling hours will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St., Westfield, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church, 310 Apremont Highway, Holyoke, MA 01040.