Betty Coombes (Helmling) Kelsey

Born: Sun., Jun. 19, 1927
Died: Sun., Nov. 27, 2016


Graveside Service

11:00 AM Thu., Dec. 01, 2016
Location: Robinson New Cemetery


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MRS. BETTY J. COOMBES-KELSEY, AGE 89

Mrs. Betty J. Kelsey, age 89, of Robinson, IL, died Sunday November 27, 2016 at 5:17 PM at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, IN following a very brief illness.

Born June 19, 1927 in Flat Rock, IL, she was the daughter of Eugene and Edith (Brooks) Helmling.  On November 22, 1947 she married Harry D. Coombes and he preceded her in death August 12, 2002.

Betty worked as a Telephone Operator for General Telephone in Robinson and the Robinson Sears Store, Robinson, IL.  She attended First Baptist Church in Robinson, IL and Trimble Bible Church, Trimble, IL.  She also hosted Bible Study for many years.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, Timothy P. “Tim” and Linda Coombes, Willow Hill, IL; Jeffrey D. “Jeff” Coombes, Evansville, IN; grandchildren, Staci Butler and fiancé Bobby Kintner, Robinson, IL, David Coombes, Mattoon, IL, Heather and Stephen Buechsenschuetz, Oblong, IL, Danny Coombes, Bettendorf, IA; step-granddaughter, Kim and Jason McCord, Ingalls, IN; great-grandchildren Gavin Butler, Meagan Butler, Madyson Coombes and Luella Buechsenschuetz; step-great grandchildren, Kelsey McCord and Lucas McCord and a sister, Mrs. Mildred Tague, Fisher, IN.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands, Harry (Jack) Coombes (2002); Ralph B. Kelsey, (2011).  Infant son Richard Dean (1949), son Richard Alan (2013), brothers, Harold, Gerald, Ralph and Bill Helmling and a sister, Alice Harris.

There will be a graveside service held  Thursday December 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Robinson New Cemetery, Robinson, IL, with Rev. David Hyde officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice, with envelopes available at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL.


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