A LIFE WELL LIVED! A REST WELL DESERVED!
Helen Ladd McCollum, 88, of Easley, passed away April 6, 2021.
Born in Liberty, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Willie Mae Owens Ladd and wife to the late Fred McCollum. She was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. McCollum is survived by her daughter, Starla McCollum of Statesboro, GA; sons, Jeff McCollum of Iva and Matt McCollum of Easley; sisters, Louise Crowe of Liberty and Martha Jane Gray of Easley; brothers, Bobby Ladd and Ronnie Ladd, both of Liberty; grandchildren, Brook McCollum, Abbygayle McCollum, Kaylee McCollum, Kinsley McCollum and Kruz McCollum; and great grandchild, Walker B. Stone.
She was predeceased by her husband, parents and grandson, Austin McCollum, as well as her great protector and family pet – Major.
Helen had a long standing working career. She served as the Human Resources Director for a small company. She then worked for and retired from the Pickens County school district. She was an endless caregiver to her family, friends and acquaintances. In fact, she worked until her early 80's taking care of the babies at her church, Geer Memorial Baptist.
Her greatest love was her children and grandchildren. All were proud to call her mom and grandma. She lived life to the fullest, never missing a family tradition. She packed the camper every fall and took all of the grandchildren to Pisgah Forrest to enjoy one of God's great masterpieces – the turning of the leaves. When summer arrived, the family enjoyed annual beach trips to Myrtle Beach, SC and then later to Tybee Island, Ga. Summer always ended with her birthday trip to her beloved little town, Helen, GA.
Helen lived life with great passion and energy. Her green thumb created beautiful, blooming flowers year round. She wore out many pairs of clippers pruning and trimming. Her red bird feeders were never empty as she sat peacefully on the deck listening to their songs and admiring the beauty. She absolutely loved sunset cruises on the pontoon boat at Lake Hartwell and always knew the perfect spot and timing to enjoy the magnificent colors in the sky. One of her favorite pastimes was going shopping with her sister, Louise, whom she loved dearly.
Helen was well loved by everyone in her small town. She tirelessly provided love and support to many and always welcomed a crowd in her home. She touched many lives in her 88 years here on earth. All of whom were so blessed to have her warm and loving spirit in their lives will be forever touched!
The family will receive friends on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home, Downtown.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
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