Helen Anna Hamlin, 94, of Overland Park, KS (formerly of Wichita and Emporia) passed away February 10, 2018, with her family by her side. A private family service is planned at Church of the Resurrection.
Helen was born April 20, 1923 in Elizabeth, Minnesota to Ferdinand and Anna Maack. One of 11 children, she grew up in Fergus Falls, MN. She eventually wed Howard “Pete” Hamlin in June of 1944.
After the birth of her eldest daughter Jill; Helen and Pete moved to Hays, KS where Helen continued to support Pete’s coaching and raise their daughter. Eventually, the family then moved to Emporia, KS where Pete served as the division sales manager for Didde Glaser and as the head of the Emporia Chamber of Commerce. During her time in Emporia, a second daughter, Dee, was born. Helen and Pete moved to Wichita and became the founders of Webb Graphics, where Helen assisted Pete. Helen also spent her time with PEO, was an active board member of the Institute of Logopedics, attending KSU football games (where Pete had previously been a starting center on the football team) and enjoyed ballroom dancing. She was a loving wife, mother, caregiver and friend. She told her husband daily, “You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Mrs. Hamlin was preceded in death by her parents, 10 siblings and her husband Pete of 70 years. She leaves behind her daughters Jill Hamlin McPherson of Leawood, KS, and Dee Ann Hamlin of Olathe, KS, son-in-law Richard McPherson, granddaughter Jamie McPherson Needham, her husband David Needham of Liberty, MO, grandson Scott McPherson of Kansas City, MO and three great grandchildren, Blake, Grant and Brooke Needham.
We are comforted knowing that Helen has been welcomed into heaven by the love of her life, Pete. We smile knowing that they spent Valentine’s Day together, dancing in each other’s arms.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Johnson County Development Support (JCDS), 10501 Lackman Rd., Lenexa, KS 66219 the wonderful organization that provides special care for her daughter Dee and other people with developmental disabilities.
Mrs. Hamlin was a wonderful and inspiring woman. Peace and prayers to Dee, Jill, Jamie, and family.
Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas
I had the pleasure of knowing Helen for the past 25 years or so. She was such a wonderful, caring woman, with a big heart. My prayers are with Dee, Jill, and family.
Family ,Leawood ,Kansas
Helen was a wonderful mother in law and always had positive and an uplifting spirit. I was fortunate to have her as my mom in law for over 40 years. Her steadfast devotion to her family was amazing. We will miss her dearly but are so thankful to have her in our lives.
My sincere condolences to the family of Helen Hamlin. I started work at Web Graphics in 1979 and soon became a member of te Hamlin family. After they sold company we continued to stay in touch. Helen will be greatly missed. Both she and "Pete" were so kind and loving to me and became second parents.