Helen Rinker

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Helen Rinker, 82, of Shell Knob, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 25, 2021. She was welcomed in Heaven by her beloved husband Ray, who preceded her in death in 1999, as well as one son, Stan in 2014. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Glen Norvell and Indianola Norvell Bottorf, one sister, Christina Carney, and two brothers, Clifford and Paul Norvell.

Survivors include: one sister, Margaret Terry and her husband Fred of Purdy, sister-in-law, Barbara Norvell of Republic, and sister-in-law, Addie Evans, of Aurora.

Helen was united in marriage to Ray on Dec. 28, 1954.

Surviving children include: Dan Rinker and his wife Kelly of Nixa, Tim Rinker and his husband Marty Caudle of Tulsa, Okla., Steve Rinker and his wife Melodie of Lubbock, Texas, and Laurie Henderson and her husband Gary of Shell Knob. She was a proud grandmother to Sarah Pendley and her husband Mark of Flower Mound, Texas, Seth Rinker of Springfield, Tessa Rinker of Nixa and step-grandmother to Charles Henderson of Independence, and Sara Henderson of Chicago, Ill.

Helen was born in Star City, Mo., on May 11, 1938. She was raised near and attended school in Purdy. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at age 10 and spent her entire life as His devoted follower. As a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Cassville, Helen shared her talents of singing and teaching children. One of her greatest passions was to share the love of Jesus through mission work, both at the local level and on foreign soil.

Helen moved her family often and proudly sacrificed for her country as Ray served in the Air Force for 20 years. They retired to Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob in 1984. She loved to cook, sew, and work in her yard. As a long time mentor, Helen was well known throughout Shell Knob School as “Reading Grandma.”

Helen will be deeply missed by many, but none more than her children, who “Will rise up and call her blessed.”

Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at Cassville First Baptist Church under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Pastor James Weaver and Pastor Jason Mackey conducted the services. Burial was at Clio Cemetery in Jenkins.

Contributions may be made to FCO Missions Offering of First Baptist Church Cassville in memory of Helen.

Social distancing and masks were required.


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Cassville, Missouri