Helen Stark

Helen Stark

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Helen Saturday Jacobs Stark passed peacefully from this world on Jan. 19, 2013, at Hope Hospice, Fort Myers, Fla., after a long illness.

Pine Grove Baptist Church, Collins, Ga., will hold services on Jan. 26: visitation from noon to 2 p.m.; memorial service from 2 to 2:20 p.m., followed by a brief graveside service at Cedar Creek Cemetery.

Helen was born May 25, 1929, in Collins, Ga., to Willis and Mamie Saturday, local farmers; they preceded her in death. Helen was raised in Tattnall County, where she attended Pine Grove Baptist Church and was an active member of the congregation.

Helen earned her B.A. in teacher education from Georgia Teachers College, Statesboro, Ga., where she met her husband, Paul H. Jacobs (of Nahunta, Ga.) who worked for the Florida State Department of Education and, eventually, as a professor at the University of Illinois. They were married until his death in 1985.

Helen taught elementary school, teaching in Georgia, Florida and Illinois. She taught for 19 years in Champaign, and retired in 1986. Then, Helen moved to Sun City Center, Fla., and eventually met her second husband, George W. Stark, a retired federal government employee. They were married for 20 years.

Helen was mother to Philip Jacobs of Wilmington, N.C., and Maria Cahill of Cape Coral, Fla. She was grandmother to Thomas and Anna Jacobs and Matthew, Christine and David Cahill. She had three sisters, Willie Mae Collins, Peggy Stouffer and Nelle Holcombe.

Helen loved sewing, cross-stitch and gardening. As a retiree, Helen volunteered for Hospice and the Mary and Martha House (for battered and homeless women and children). Helen was a caring parent and grandparent, loyal friend and devoted disciple of Christ.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please send donations to Pine Grove Baptist Church, RR 1 Box 1610, Collins, GA 30421-9626 or to The Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Cobbtown Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. "A Life Celebration Funeral Home." Condolences may be offered at www.kennedybrannen.com.