Carolyn  Tully
Carolyn R. Tully, 89, formerly of Blakesburg, died at 6:25 a.m. August 24, 2019 at Vista Woods Care Center.
She was born November 14, 1929 in Ottumwa to Russell and Sybil White Jones. She married Charles Helmick in June of 1948; they later divorced. She married Thomas G. Tully December 23, 1967 in Lancaster, MO and he preceded her in death July 17, 2013.
Having attended Ottumwa High School, Carolyn worked numerous places including John Deere Ottumwa Works, S.C.S., and Quickdraws. She retired from Target at age 79.
Carolyn was a member of Hopewell Church and was a life-long member of Ottumwa Saddle Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family, working in the cook shack and gardening.
Surviving are four children, Dixie (Tom) Canny of Ottumwa; Chris (Russ) Johnson of Unionville, IA Jeff (Nancy) Helmick of Elwood, KS and Tammy (Carl) Clymer of Blakesburg; 7 grandchildren, Laurie Skinner, Melodie (Bob) Trowbridge, William "Guy" Johnson, Jeffrey (Ashlee) Helmick Jr., John (Melissa) Helmick, Garrett Clymer and Laney Clymer; 7 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Kimberly Tully; a sister, Darlene Welton and a twin brother, Carol Jones.
Her body has been cremated. Graveside services and inurnment will be 3 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Hopewell Cemetery with Pastor Danny Cary officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ottumwa Saddle Club, Hopewell Church or to the family.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on August 26, 2019


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Sarah (Merchant) Burkhalter
Aug 31, 2019
I worked stocking shelves at Target with Carolyn several years ago. We used to ride to work together from Blakesburg, because she was fearless of the snow and junky weather- and I was only a teenager. She worked harder than most people half her age, and I just loved her like an extra Grandma. She even made me a quilt that I still have and use! ♥️ Thinking of her family- I will never forget sweet Carolyn!
Traci Heartsill Lundvall
Aug 29, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss . You and your family are in my prayers.
Darrell Ellis
Aug 28, 2019
She was a sweet lady and i'll never forget them pumpkin bars.
Kasandra Humble
Aug 28, 2019
Sweet Tenderness was purchased for the family of Carolyn Tully by Kasandra Humble.  Send flowers
Karla Wilson Roberts
Aug 27, 2019
Chris, John and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your mother.
Charity Peterson Rockhold
Aug 27, 2019
She was a wonderful lady, i will always remember her as a huge part of the saddle club. Love and thinking of you all.
julie Hansen
Aug 26, 2019
prayers going out to you and your family so sorry for your loss