Ima June Helton, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. She was born on May 21, 1927 in Haviland, the daughter of Herschel and Nell (Akin) Jones.
Helton was raised in Haviland, graduating from Haviland High School in 1945.
On August 11, 1946, she married William "Bill" Helton in Haviland. He preceded her in death. They moved to Satanta in 1948 where they owned and operated the PIC Theater from 1951 to 1981. They also had the Ima Theater in Sublette for many years. She served as city clerk for the City of Satanta for 14 years. In addition, she was also a partner and bookkeeper for Helton Flying Service. She enjoyed sports and music.
She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and attended the Methodist Church in Satanta.
She is survived by four daughters, Kathy McCloskey of Lawrence, Billie Louk and husband Terry of Dodge City, Susan Cornell and companion Jerry Gilbert of Miami Beach, Flor., and Pam Brazell and husband Bruce of Corsicana, Texas; one sister, Vida Ruth Beck of Topeka; six grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.
In addition to her husband, Bill, she is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Inez Underhill; and one brother, Joe Jones.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Dudley Township Cemetery with Pastor Craig Atkinson presiding. There will be no public visitation.
Memorials are suggested to Ronald McDonald House in care of Swaim Funeral Chapel of Sublette - PO Box 607 - Sublette, KS 67877.
Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.