Dr. Estella Ruth (Helphingstine) Deweese


Dr. Estella Ruth (Helphingstine) Deweese, 80, of Beebe, Arkansas, went to join the Lord on Monday, January 24, 2022. She was born May 1, 1941 to Ted and Edna Helphingstine. She was a Christian of apostolic faith and a member of Beebe’s Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. She had an honorary doctorate in Christian education from the Christian Bible College and Seminary. She worked as a home economics teacher, food service supervisor, registrar and receptionist for thirty-four years until her retirement from Lighthouse Christian College and Academy. She also served for many years as church secretary for the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. She loved to crochet and make congo bars. She read the Bible every year, and when she was blind and couldn’t read anymore, she learned to read the Bible in Braille. She also earned certificates from the Hadley School for the Blind. She lets cherish her memories, a daughter, Michelle Day and her husband, Roger de Beebe; two sons, Stephen Deweese of Beebe; Jeremy Deweese and his wife, Kandyce of Searcy; two sisters, Eleanor Hull of Dexter, Kansas; Donna Underwood and her husband, Carroll of Winfield, Kansas; brothers, Dan Helphingstine and wife, Bonita of Cedar Vale, Kansas; Teddy Helphingstine and his wife, Mickie of Cedar Vale, Kansas; brother-in-law, Floyd Remer, nine grandchildren, plus a host of extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Ted and Edna Helphingstine; her husband of 51 years, James Deweese, her son, Jimmy Deweese; a great-grandchild; brother-in-law, Adrary Hull, and a sister, Naomi Remer. The family received friends for visitation on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, 505 North Apple Street, Beebe, AR 72012. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. also at the church with Dr. John Scheel and Pastor Jason Scheel officiating. Interment followed at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe. Services for Dr. Estella (Helphingstine) Deweese were in the care and direction of Vilonia Funeral Home, 1134 Main Street, Vilonia, AR 72173. Sign her remembrance book at www.viloniafuneralhome.com


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