Obituary – Barbar E. (Campbell) Helms

Barbar E. (Campbell) Helms

July 30, 1935 – July 31, 2018
Age: 83
Residence: Hollister, MO
Formerly of: Marshalltown, IA

Barbara E. Helms, age 83, of Hollister, Missouri, passed away July 31, 2018. She was born July 30, 1935, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Ross and Frances (Miller) Campbell. Barbara was joined in marriage December 10, 1971, to Tom Helms. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

Barbara work for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a sales manager. She enjoyed reading, making quilts, and sewing. She was quick witted and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her daughter Suzanne grew up with her and they were often mistaken as sisters. Suzanne is not only losing her mom but also her best friend. Barbara was loved by her family, friends, neighbors, and her cat. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of nearly 40 years, Tom Helms; a brother, Chuck Campbell; as well as many friends.

Barbara is survived by a daughter, Suzi Zaabel (formerly Allie) and significant other Donald R. Holland, of Hollister, Missouri; three stepdaughters: Deb Abraham of Cummings, Iowa, Becky Helms-Fisher of Urbandale, Iowa, and Teri Prather of Urbandale, Iowa; several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; as well as several friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later time in Des Moines, Iowa. Burial with her husband will be in Highland Memory Gardens, Des Moines, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s name can be made to Southwest Humane Society ( or Cox Hospital, Branson, Missouri, for Donald Holland stage 4 lung cancer treatments. To leave an online condolence please visit


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