Sylvia Louise Helms was born February 7, 1938 in Creighton, MO to Ross and Francis (Gregg) Helms. She graduated from Creighton High School in 1956 and received a BA in Home Economics from Park College in 1960.
Sylvia started her career as an administrative assistant to the business manager at Park College. She was a very active member of the Parkville Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon and was church secretary and treasurer for the last 33 years. She was the co-author of Parkville Presbyterian Church “Celebrating 150 years 1845-1975”. Sylvia was a local historian and member of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City and she had a passion for genealogy. She was honored by the City of Parkville for her work and by Park College, where she received the Marlow Sherwood Memorial Service Award. She spent countless hours researching George S. Park and the Park family. Sylvia was a long-time member of the Walnut Grove Cemetery Board of Directors and served as caretaker until the time of her death. She was also a member of the Platte County Historical Society, the Banneker School Preservation Society, Friends of Park Hill Education Foundation and the Park University Alumni Association. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
She married Paul Henry Gault on February 8, 1964 in Parkville, MO. In addition to Paul, survivors include a son, Edwin Ross Gault (Christina) of Kansas City, MO; a brother, Everett Helms (Susan) of Creighton, MO; a grandson, Kyle Deere (Emily); great grandson, James Charles Deere; nephews, Kevin and Troy. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant baby brother.
The family will receive friends from 4-6:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. A funeral service celebrating Sylvia’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, at the Parkville Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m., prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Parkville, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkville Presbyterian Church. Memories of Sylvia and condolences may be left at meyersfuneralchapel.com.