Helen Jacob Mullins, 94, of Carthage, passed away Friday evening, March 20, 2020 at 9:18 P.M. at Hickory Grove Apartments.
Helen was born March 18, 1926, the daughter of Edwin and Pauline (Scott) Curtis in LaHarpe, Illinois. She graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1944 and went on to attend Gem City Business College in Quincy. On June 29, 1946 Helen was united in marriage to Richard Jacob at her family home in rural LaHarpe. He preceded her in death in 1972. On August 24, 1985, she was united in marriage to Leon Mullins at the Burnside Christian Church. He preceded her in death in 1987. After business college, Helen worked as a secretary for an attorney in Burlington Iowa, and later as the secretary for the LaHarpe High School. After staying home and raising her family she began a new career as a medical records transcriptionist for Memorial Hospital in Carthage for thirteen years. She was a member of the Burnside Christian Church and had been attending the First Christian Church in Carthage for many years. Helen enjoyed reading and just recently completed reading the entire Bible. She enjoyed her coffee group but especially enjoyed watching and caring for her grandchildren over the years.
Helen is survived by four children, Don (Linda) Jacob of Burnside, Mary Ann (Roger) Long of Quincy, Daryl Jacob of Carthage, Terry (Andrew) Redenius of Carthage; a step-daughter, Debra (Alan) Holder of Freeport, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Phil) Neally, Doug (Michelle) Jacob, Kim (Kevin) Deitrich, Brian (Alyssa) Jacob, Mark (Allison) Jacob, Dan (Dea) Jacob, Shea (Samantha) Redenius and Erin (Cody) Holst; step-grandchildren, Kathy (Roger) Brierton, Karen (Greg) Todd, Debra (Harlan) Maynard, and Scott and Larry Marshall; twenty great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Richard Jacob and Leon Mullins; sister, Margaret Glash Kirtley; daughter-in-law, Elaine Jacob; step-son, Larry Mullins; and two step-granddaughters, Deanne Howe and Brenda Balmer.
A private service will be held. Memorials may be directed to Food for Thoughts of Hancock County or H.U.G.S.
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