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Daisy Helen Ertman, 86, of Roanoke, Virginia, went to join God on Thursday, May 27, 2021, after complications due to COVID-19.

Born in Roanoke, Helen was the eldest of the late Wallace Samuel and Anna Mae (Jacobs) Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lee; and brother, Laury.

Helen is survived by her brother, Richard; her former husband, Earl; their sons, Elliott and Kreg; her granddaughter, Angel; and her great-grandchildren, Brielle and Alexander.

She graduated from Averett College in 1953, William and Mary in 1955, and the University of Southern Mississippi in 1965 with degrees in Voice, Music Education, and a master’s in Education respectively. Helen retired in 2007 after 23 years at TAP Head Start where she was a Home-Based Coordinator. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Memorial Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021, at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel, 318 Church Ave., Roanoke.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smile Train, donate.smiletrain.org, as Helen had a deep concern for children and their welfare. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.oakeys.com.
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Joyce Medley

Posted at 10:38pm
Helen was one of a kind. She always had a smile on her face and could make you laugh. She was a good friend who I worked with at TAP Headstart. I was one of her girls. We were all family. We kept in touch through Facebook and sent each other yearly Christmas cards. She will be missed tremendously. Praying for her family.

Sema Kemp

Posted at 08:07pm
Ms. Helen will truly be missed. She was a joy to work with at Head Start, and always had a smile. Over our years since Head Start, we stayed in touch on Facebook, and I could always count on her to make me smile or fall out laughing. Prayers to the family. She is missed.

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