Joyce Arlene Helms Kooiman passed away April 17, 2018

Joyce Arlene Helms Kooiman was called home by her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  She was born on February 13, 1941 in Tuckerman, Arkansas to the late Earl and Chloe Helms.  Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ronald Kooiman and brothers, Alfred Helms, Boyce Dee Helms and Henry Everett Helms.

Joyce was a 1951 graduate of Tuckerman High School.  She met the love of her life in the early 60’s and they were married in 1962.  She lived life as a military spouse later retiring to a small cattle farm in El Paso, Arkansas, where Joyce regularly rescued Ronald from an adventure.

She taught her family the importance of being a close family and attending church as she was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her children, Vickie Gillespie (John), Rodney Kooiman (Elizabeth) and William Kooiman (Susan); grandchildren, Rachel, David Noah, Jonathan, Jessica, Stephanie, Andy; 1 great-granddaughter, Sloane; brothers, Kenneth Eugene Helms and Tommy Lee Helms; sister, Marisue Jones; numerous nieces, nephews and many dear Kooiman relatives.

Visitation will be at Smith Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe, Arkansas on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. followed by a celebration of Joyce’s life all at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1 p.m.  All flowers may be sent to Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Arrangements under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,