West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

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Helan A. Harlan
Helen A. Harlan

Funeral services for Helen AnnaMae Harlan, 86,, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Brother Bobby Ryan officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Clelly Jackson and Gussie Madden Jackson, on June 3, 1930 in Flint, Michigan and died March 17, 2017 in West Plains, Missouri.

She was united in marriage September 8, 1953 in Lincoln, Illinois to John H. Harlan, who preceded her in death December 28, 2014.

She is survived by six children, Billy Jackson and wife Sarah, Springfield, Missouri; Bobby Henson and wife Pat, Kansas City, Missouri; Dennis Henson and wife Sue, West Plains, Missouri; Kathy Bentzel, Alton, Missouri; Johnny Harlan and wife Judy, West Plains, Missouri, and Debbie Schultz and husband Willie, Caney, Kansas; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Jackson, Koshkonong, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Penny Harlan, Koshkonong, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren, with two others on the way and one great great grandchild on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two children, Marie Harlan and Jimmy Harlan; one brother, Cecil Jackson, and one grandson, Billy Jackson, Jr.

She enjoyed traveling and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Family visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Burial will be in Wayside Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.



  1. Cindy Cooper-Cowens
    March 21, 2017 @ 7:28 am

    Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will have a huge void in your life and pray the happy memories of good times helps to fill that empty spot.

  2. Melinda King
    March 29, 2017 @ 8:43 pm

    Kathy and kids,
    May your memories bring you comfort. Helen was an amazing lady. It was a pleasure to have known her. Imagine the homecoming they are having in Heaven.
    Melinda (Burgess-Bales) King