Helen M. Mackey, 85, Cottonwood, Ariz., formerly of the Joplin and Neosho areas, died Sept. 23, 2013.  

She was born Feb. 27, 1928, in DeRitter, La., to James and Nellie (Tock) McMahan. She grew up on a farm and attended school in Neosho with her two sisters and brother.

After growing up, she married Phillip Mackey.  

She worked at Big Smith Garment Factory and she became a CNA, then going on to work at Sale Memorial Hospital.  In 1949, she and Philip moved to Los Alamos, N.M., where the atomic bomb was developed. Here again, Helen worked as a caregiver for a Los Alamos Hospital, taking time to bake and entertain as she loved to do. Her cakes won many a blue ribbon at the New Mexico State Fair.  

In 1975, she and Philip moved to Amarillo, Texas, to continue working for the government.
Her daughter, Jean and her grandchildren were her life and she was so very proud of every accomplishment that they made.  She was a member of Verde Baptist Church in Cottonwood, Ariz., and a charter member of Hilldale Baptist Church in Neosho.  

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Philip.  

She is survived by her daughter, Jean (Duncan) McLeod of Cottonwood, her grandsons, Duncan (Bryn) McLeod of Phoenix and Ty (Stephanie) McLeod of Tempe, her great-grandchildren, Rowan, Lachlan and Campbell and several nephews.  

Memorial services were held on Oct. 2, at Cottonwood Village, Cottonwood, Ariz. The cremains will be placed with her husband at the Kenney Cemetery, Neosho. Memorial contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to the Diabetic Association or Hospice Compassus. Local arrangements under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.  

Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.