Joan Marie (Mullen) Helm, 74 of Hernando, Fla., died June 12, 2010, in Morrill surrounded by her family after a short battle with leukemia.

Joan was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, to the Rev. Stillman A. Mullen and Helen A. (Phillips) Mullen Aug. 24, 1935. She was one of seven children born to the Mullen Family.

She was predeceased by her parents and three sisters, Dorothy Mullen, Annie L. Atwater and Helen Marguerite Rice.

She is survived by three brothers, Wendell L. P. Mullen of Greenville, S.C., Waldo K. Mullen of Centerville, Ga., and Wayne P. Mullen of Des Moines, Iowa; her husband of 48 years, Harvey E. Helm; five children, Eric R. Helm and his wife, Sharon, and their four sons, Matthew, Jonathan, Timothy and Peter, of Southport, Conn.; Denise M. Martin and her husband, Christopher, and their three daughters, Stephanie, Lauren and Kristen, of Morrill; Donna E. Hultz and her husband, Brian, and their three children, Kyle, Kurtis, and Kelsey, of Birdsboro, Pa.; Pamela J. Helm of Milford, Conn., and Emil R. Helm of Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Joan grew up in Crystal, Ludlow, Perham, Blaine and Bryant Pond. She moved to the Hartford, Conn., area in high school. She attended Eastern Nazarene College for one and a half years. She worked as head teller at Society for Savings, Mechanic Savings Bank, and Peoples Savings Bank. Harvey and Joan raised their five children in Fairfield, Conn., and then retired to Hernando, Fla., in 1994.

They were longtime members of Black Rock Congregational Church in Fairfield, Conn., for more than 31 years. Joan and Harvey spent two and a half years of their retirement working as missionaries with Mission to the World in Manila, Philippines, where they ministered to street children. There they “adopted” their housekeeper, Lena, as another daughter, as well as 75 street children who knew her as “Lola Joan” (“Grandma Joan”).

Joan’s life song is “Make me a Blessing,” and she truly fulfilled this by caring for so many family members and friends. She loved to serve her Lord and others. Her favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 40:41. Many thanks to Joan’s wonderful friends and family who helped in her last days and all the wonderful medical staff who cared for her in Maine and Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Lone Elm Farm, 94 Rowe Hill Road, Morrill, and Saturday, Aug. 14, at Black Rock Congregational Church in Fairfield, Conn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to One Challenge, P.O. Box 36900, Colorado Springs, CO 80936, Account No. 110250, Emil Helm, telephone 800-676-7837; onechallenge.org.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered at ripostafh.com.