Helen Mallicoat called Wickenburg home for 57 years. She passed away at 91 years old on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
Helen was born to Dora and Walter White on Sept. 4, 1913 in a log cabin on a farm near Arenzville, Ill. She and her husband Carl and their young family moved to Wickenburg from Illinois in 1947. Here, they raised three sons, three daughters and one foster daughter. Their descendants now number 119.
Helen was an avid writer. Many of her writings have been compiled into books. Hallmark published "Listen for the Lord" in 1980. The most widely read of all her writings is the poem "I Am," which was published in 1982 on a poster by Argus Communi- cations. Almost weekly since then, Helen has heard of it being meaningful to someone. It has been copied in books by several authors, read from pulpits both in churches and on TV and has been reprinted many times. She also wrote a series of her memories of everyday things and happenings that granddaughter Pam printed as a delightful book entitled "Grannie's Memories." She wrote one work of fiction called the "I Love You Story" that she hoped and prayed would someday be published.
When Helen was in grade school, she responded to a pen pal section in a Sunday School paper. She got more than 100 letters in reply. That started her life-long correspondence friendships with pen pals all across the United States and eight foreign countries.
Helen was a member of the Angel Club of America. She had a beautiful collection of more than 250 angels and many fellow collector friends. She made hundreds of quilts that she called comforters because as she sewed, she prayed that God would cover all who received the quilts with His comfort.
Her grandchildren Wayland, Natalie, Zack and Luke Weatherbee have shared a home with her and cared for her for the past five years. A warm thanks to Margaret, who not only helped take care of Helen but also shared her faith in God in ways that enriched every day. A special, gentle granddaughter, Stephanie, put her life on hold to care for her 24 hours a day for the past several weeks. Stephen, Christie, Joanie and Sammy were there to brighten her days, too. Hospice of the Valley was a support to all.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Carl, her son Gordon, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is survived by children Carol, Ronald, Sharon, Steve, Karla and Shirley, 26 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
(They all know that they were her favorite!) One sister, Betty, still lives in Illinois, as do numerous nieces and nephews. They were great to keep in touch with her.
Helen - Mother, Grannie, Auntie Helen - how could we not love you. You loved all of us so. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I was regretting the past
And fearing the future.
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
"My name is I Am."
He paused. I waited. He continued,
"When you live in the past
With its mistakes and regrets,
It is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I Was.
When you live in the future,
With its problems and fears,
It is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I Will Be.
When you live in this moment,
It is not hard. I am here.
My name is I Am."