Helen L. Bick, 93, peacefully passed away on Tuesday morning April 26, 2022, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Plymouth.
She was born in Fulton County, Indiana on January 4, 1929, to Oren B. and Marjorie (Stockberger) Conrad. She graduated from Richland Center High School with the class of 1947. She worked for Topps Manufacturing from 1948-1949 and at Stay Rite during the summer.
On April 17, 1949, in Richland Center, Indiana at a Methodist church, Helen married Clyde E. Bick. The couple began a family while living in surrounding cities, making many new friends.
She worked at Harvey’s Dime Store as a cashier and craft buyer beginning in 1969, and then when Clyde semi-retired she became assistant manager until her retirement in 1991. The two would begin wintering in Mission, Texas in 1993.
Helen was a member of First United Methodist Church in Plymouth. She collected stuffed animals and in particular bears, from 1991-1999. She enjoyed making goose clothes and dressing them up for the seasons, playing cards, Swedish weaving, embroidering, knitting, and making greeting cards. Helen taught classes at Miller’s Merry Manor, teaching others the art of making cards. She enjoyed time spent and memories made with her family.
She is survived by her son, Edward L. (Jannan) Bick of Detroit, MI, and daughter, Barbara A. (James) Cox of Plymouth. Also, two grandchildren, Erik (Elizabeth) Cox of Plymouth and Nichole Simpson of Plymouth; five great-grandchildren: Sterling and Callum Simpson and Weston, Evelyn and Olen Cox; her sister Bonnie Lou (Ross) Fear of Akron, and nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Clyde in 2016, her parents and her brother Howard Lee Conrad.
Visitation will be held from 10-12 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. Memorial services will follow at noon with Cindy Flagg officiating.
She will be laid to rest next to Clyde in the New Oak Hill Cemetery Columbarium, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to Center for Hospice Care 112 S. Center St. Plymouth IN 46563.
Paula Babcock says
Barb, our sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Prayers for you and your family during this time and the days ahead.
Paula and Ron Babcock
Barb Lowry says
Barb, Jim and Bick family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss of your loved one. You were such a good daughter, Barb. May you and your family be comforted by the good memories you shared with your mom over the years. Sending prayers and love,
Barb & Bub Lowry
Cindy (Savoie) Capron says
Barb and Family,
So very sorry about the loss of your mother. I remember Helen fondly from when I was a child growing up in Walkerton. My brother Brian, my sister Jill and I would ride our bikes to Harvey’s Dime Store many times per week and buy a 1/4 pound bag of those “warm peanuts” that were in the case next to the check out counter.
One year, I was able to buy “all of my family member’s” Christmas gifts for about $21 dollars from Harvey’s and surprised them (and you know how big my family is.) Your Mom was very helpful with my Christmas list and I will always remember her kindness. Also, my mother’s name was “Helen” as well, which I always thought that was “really neat!”
Many prayers and blessings for you and your family!
Donna Taber Whitmer says
Barb & family,
Thinking of you at this sad time. I’m sure Helen is teaching crafts in heaven!
I can still see her running around the store helping customers and getting her hair done by Steve. She will be missed…
Ed Barcus says
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I can still see her and your dad watching all of us Lincoln Jr. High pesky kids from the stage in the center of the front of Harvey Mart. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Ren and Beverly Van Gilder says
Oh the “good old days” at Harvey Mart, seeing Clyde and Helen. They worked hard, in that store. Everything was always neat and in order. Helen knew her fabric and was so creative with her crafts.
We send you our sympathy,
Ren and Beverly Van Gilder. 🌷🌺🌷
Darlene Best says
I met Helen at a garage sale at her home. I noticed she made handmade cards, that I had been wanting to learn how to make. She was thinking about giving classes. The classes started in her home, Clyde would be watching tv in another room. She loved him so much! We met there once a week, usually about 8 of us. We had such a good time, and all became fast friends, later meeting for lunch at Christmas, and exchanging small gifts. When Helen moved to Millers, we continued our classes there-until Covid. She was a kind friend . She will be missed.
KATHY PUGSLEY says
When I did not receive my annual Christmas card last Dec 2021 I was certain that Helen must be failing with her health. She never missed a year reaching out to me for over 30 plus years. I looked forward to hearing from her and keeping up with her life. She and Clyde were some of my closest friends for many years. They were my first employers at Harvey’s Dime Store in Walkerton and later in the Plymouth store. The hardest part of aging as I get older is losing so many people that had been such a big part of my life. Clyde and Helen were 2 of those people. My condolences to Ed and Barb for your loss. Your parents were 2 of the best. Love to you both.
Dr. Bill Kirkley says
Ed and Barb, Just ran across your mother’s death notice. Very sorry for your loss. Long time since I spoke to either of you. Lots of good memories. My best to both of you and your families. Take care.