Denise Donovan Helmick passed away peacefully on the morning of September 14, 2019. Denise was born on August 1, 1967 in Clearwater, Florida. She moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1976 with her parents. She married her husband, Brian, on November 6, 1993, and then moved Lawrenceville, Georgia in 1994 where her family continues to reside.   Denise was a woman that brightened any room with her presence. She was loved by each and every person she interacted with. Her bubbly, inclusive personality always made her the center of attention. Denise loved life; she loved traveling and exploring, whether it be in the U.S. or internationally. She loved to give and she had an incredible eye for detail. These personality traits carried over into her career field as a physical therapist, where she enjoyed caring for her patients and ensuring their comfort. As a mother, she was no different. She served her children in every way possible: as a room-mom in elementary school or a timer at swim meets. She and her husband are longstanding members at McKendree United Methodist Church and were both involved in regular church activities.   In Denise’s last days on Earth, she was surrounded by her closest friends and family members. Above all things, Denise was a loving, beautiful woman whose legacy will live on with those whom she shared life’s journey.   She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Ursula Donovan. She is survived by her son, Garrett Helmick; her daughter, Madison Helmick; her daughter-in-law, Breanne Helmick; and her husband of 25 years, Brian Helmick.   A memorial service will be held in her memory on Monday, September 16 at 4:00PM at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, GA.

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  1. with greatest sympathies during these life changing days ahead for Brian , Garrett, and Maddie. May God give you strength and encouragement during these next few months/years of change without your precious wife and mamma.

  2. Dear Denise your sunny smile and that crazy laughter of yours will be deeply missed. I know iam going to miss you my dear dear sister from another mister. Love you sleep in peace my dear sister friend.

  3. I know what you’re going through. I pray all the years of wonderful memories carry you through this first year of firsts. May God grant you peace and comfort.

  4. Denise will be missed by all. She was my roommate for a year but a friend for life! Thoughts and prayers with Brian, Garrett and Madison. She was so proud of you!

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you! I know she was so proud of Garrett and Madison., her family was everything. Much love.

  6. Denise was a wonderful person and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Our deepest sympathy,

    Kim and Craig Donahue

  7. Brian, Butch Thomas and I are so sorry for your loss of Denise. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Denise will be missed and was loved and appreciated by so many. Prayers for her children and family. Heartbroken to hear of her leaving us. She was truly an amazing and wonderful woman. Thank you for everything Denise ♡ rest sweet angel

  9. Brian, Garrett, and Maddie – Todd and I are so very sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Denise was a beautiful soul. She loved to laugh and always had a twinkle in her eye. We will miss her so much! Sending lots of love and peace to Brian, Garrett and Maddie. xoxo. Lynne, Walt and Devin’s Lawson.

  11. Denise was such a wonderful co worker and person. Despite her illness she never complained and was always positive and willing to help others. I loved her funny stories and despite her physical problems she always looked beautiful. I have missed her and send condolences to her family.

  12. Dear Brian, Maddie, Garrett and Breanne,
    Brian you had the very best for the Love of your Life, and the Mother of your children. We always had a special Love for her and all her family including you, Garrett, and Maddie.
    May God Bless and keep each you is my Prayer now and forever.
    Love in Christ,
    Barbara Parks

  13. I am so sorry for your loss! This is devastating. May your faith, family, and friends sustain you and help you in this time of grief. Lots of love…

  14. Sending lots of love to you at this time of sorrow. We are very surprised and sorry for the loss of Denise.
    Love, Sarah and Michael Donovan

  15. Denise was such a classy lady and such a loving person. I always enjoyed her presence at the Atlanta Pipe Band events. She raised an amazing son too. She will be missed. Much love to her family!

  16. Dearest Family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of “Dede” Denise. She lives on in peace with Jim and Ursula and all of our deceased family. Know that you are all in our thoughts daily, and in our hearts always.
    The Crowe Family

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. I was a childhood friend of Denise’s in Marietta. She helped me adjust to middle school when I moved in not knowing anyone. She was just as she’s been described, an incredibly sweet bubbly person. She will be missed.

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