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Helen Giesler Easterwood

Helen Giesler Easterwood passed from this life Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Mena. 

She was born at Cove, Arkansas, April 2, 1933. Helen was the eighth child of George and Hughie Giesler. She spent her entire life in Polk County. She was preceded in death by sisters, Wanita and Anita, Mildred Cunningham and Ethel Pederson and brothers, Mose, Douglas and Carson as well as her parents.

She was married to David Easterwood in 1951. They met at church and after dating for over a year were married and enjoyed almost 43 years of marriage before his death in 1994.

Helen was a member of the Church of Christ which she attended faithfully until her passing.

She is survived by a son, Hugh Easterwood and wife Ellen of Jacksonville, Arkansas; daughter, Glenda Gillaspy and husband Curtis of Wickes, Arkansas; granddaughter, Kellie Friesen and husband Chad of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Leslie Gillaspy of Wickes, Arkansas, and David Hugh Easterwood and Megan of Little Rock, and four great-grandchildren.

Helen worked at different jobs during the school year when her children were home. Later she spent 27 years working as different jobs for the Wickes School, the last 19 years serving as a foster grandparent, including 10 years working the admission desk at the local basketball games. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and writing family stories for her extended family.

She will be buried beside her husband at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas, at a graveside service, on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., with David Jacobs and Mark Kinkade as a speakers.

If desired donations may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in her memory.

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