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Helen J. Beers-Preston

Helen Jane Beers-Preston, age 83 of Grand Haven, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at a local care facility. She was born on May 6, 1938 in Stubbs, Arkansas to the late Clarence and Grace (Dawson) Partridge. Helen married Rev. Birt Beers (Retired Elder) in 1956, and they were married for 54 years before his passing on May 27, 2012. She then married Gregory Preston on November 15, 2014, and he preceded her in death on April 6, 2019.

Helen graduated from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, CA, and then Long Beach Community College. She earned her Associate’s degree in Interior Design and worked as an independent designer and decorator, eventually owning her own business, “Happy Hang-Ups.”

Helen was a social butterfly and very outgoing. She attended United Methodist Church of the Dunes and was a faithful follower of the Lord. She was very active in her church, teaching Bible School to her church’s youth, and leading the Sunday Ladies Circle for many years.

Helen was also an avid reader and knitter who hand-knitted many hats for people over the years. She loved helping her community, using her knitting and baking skills to help others. Helen was a remarkable baker. One time, she sold enough loaves of her home-made bread to help pay for a new roof on the Lake Louise Christian Community Retreat Center! Her life and legacy will be remembered by many for years to come.

Helen is lovingly remembered and missed by her daughter, Lori (Steve) Gillespie of Downingtown, PA; son-in-law, Jon Parlow; her two beloved grandchildren, Turner Shane Gillespie (Sara Dittrich), and Troy Andrew Gillespie; and her sister-in-law, Bonnie Partridge.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sara Jane Parlow in February of 2018; as well as her brother, Gary Da son Partridge.

The Memorial Service for Helen took place at United Methodist Church of the Dunes with Pastor Lou Grettenberger officiating. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lake Louise Christian Community Camp Scholarship Fund, Boyne Falls, MI.

Arrangements are entrusted to Klaassen Family Funeral Home, Grand Haven. Online condolences for the family may be made at https://www.klaassenfuneralhome.com/ 

Last Updated on January 6, 2022

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