February 19, 2013

Audean L. Helms, 88, long time Eldorado resident, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at the Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday in the Kincannon Memorial Chapel with Bruce Harkins officiating. Burial will follow at the Eldorado Cemetery under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home.

Audean L. McCown was born on Oct. 1, 1924 in Eldorado to Woody Warren and Lizzie May (Huckabay) McCown. She grew up in Eldorado and graduated from Eldorado High School. She married C.B. Harkins in Eldorado on Sept. 19, 1943. He passed away on Dec. 7, 1976. She then married Lloyd Helms in January 1996 in Eldorado. He passed away in December 2002. She was a member of the Eldorado Church of Christ. Audean enjoyed sewing, water exercise, cooking, and caring for her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; two grandchildren, Jeff and Jennifer Harkins; and a sister, Modell Hulett.

Survivors include a daughter, Vicki Graham and husband Jim of Lake Ariel, Pa.; two sons, Joe Harkins and wife Linda of Altus, and Bruce Harkins and wife Polly of Shawnee, Kan.; five grandchildren, Heather Curry and husband David, Ben Harkins and wife Sara, Lori Story, Jill McLelland and husband Brian, and Chris Story; nine great-grandchildren, Nathan, Travis and Logan Curry, Ian and Ellie McLelland, Josie, Audrey and Preslie, and Scarlet Harkins and Mathew Story; a sister, Jolene Haines of Fort Worth, Texas; and a brother, Doyle McCown of Oklahoma City.

The family will greet friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Kincannon Gathering Room.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tipton Childrens Home.

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