Helen June Parrish, 73, helped create airplanes with aerospace manufacturing company

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An extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Helen June Parrish, of Ocean Isle Beach, peacefully rejoined her family in heaven on April 9, 2015. She was 73.

Charlie and Gedda Mae Farmer gifted the world with Helen on May 7, 1941, unaware of the amiable person that she would become. Helen spent her childhood with her three sisters, Frances, Jeanie and Joy, picking cotton in Fresno, California and living on farms. While living near a church and just 14 years old, there was knock on Helen’s door; it was her future husband, only 17 himself, asking if she had a churchkey (to open his beer!). Kenny and Helen married on May 10, 1958, in Lomita, California.

With Kenny at her side, Helen was determined to leave her past behind to embark on a lifelong journey of success. Helen knew that if she kept her shoes shined and her nails manicured that she would always look like “a million bucks” and that there would be little that she could not accomplish. She worked as a secretary for many years until she started her career with an aerospace manufacturing corporation, McDonnell Douglas, where she helped create airplanes. When she was not working and being a mother to her two children, Kenny and Elaine, Helen spent her time sewing marvelous quilts and producing vivid poetry.

Helen is survived by her lifelong friend and sister-in-law, Sarah Scott, of Ocean Isle Beach; her husband, Kenny Ray; sister, Frances Wellhouse, of Arizona; her children, Kenny and Elaine; and her six grandchildren, Amanda, Nicole, Nick, Reanna, Aaron and Logan.

Helen was a fighter to the end and she did it all for her family.

Helen’s service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2015, at Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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