Obituary for Helen Aishman

Helen May (Bell) Aishman, 101, of Spiro was born Feb. 21, 1922 in Hatfield, Arkansas to Ivan Edgar and Maudie Celestie (Latch) Bell and passed away Oct. 26, 2023 in Mulberry, Arkansas.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Monday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home. 
She was married to Thomas J. Aishman for 67 wonderful years.  Helen was many things to many people…wife, mother, friend and caregiver. During World War II, she became a “Rosie” in order to support her family and the war effort. Afterward, she dedicated her life to raising not only her four children, but also to caring for the various friends and relatives who spent time at the family farm. She loved to cook, bake, and work in her massive garden, canning and preserving what would become the next meal or treat to be served at her always-open table. Helen also enjoyed tending her flower beds and sharing the bounty with others. Helen was a dedicated member of Pocola First Baptist Church and loved the church quilting bees. She was a devoted Christian who loved her family dearly.

Surviving family members are one daughter Janie Kinnerson and husband, Jerry; as well as three sons Tom Aishman and wife June; Jack Aishman and wife Zeny; and Pat Aishman and wife Irene; several nieces and nephews. Additionally, Helen and her husband, TJ, were blessed with 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “TJ” Aishman; grandson, Steven John Pierce; great granddaughter, Kara; sisters, Mildred Hamm and Margie Lawrence; and brother, Harold Bell.

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