Helen M. Rister PDF Print E-mail

Helen Merchant Rister, 95, formerly of Prosperity, widow of James E. Rister, died Friday, June 12, 2020 at Southpoint Health and Rehab in Greenville.

She was born on December 26, 1924 in Prosperity to the late Roland and Nannie Bell “Sue” Quattlebaum Merchant. She lived many years in Newberry before moving to Prosperity on the lake. Mrs. Rister worked for ISE of America for 21 years and was a most gifted and talented seamstress. As a seamstress she sewed for her family and community often looking at the most recent styles and making her own patterns to duplicate the most fashionable styles of the day. She was the oldest member of Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church where she had sung in the choir, kept the nursery and played on the church softball team as pitcher until she was 55 years old.

Her family delighted in her delicious cooking and her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As a doting grandparent she loved following her grands as they participated in a variety of sports events to the extent of getting on a plane something she vowed never to do to go watch a grandchild participate in a sports event.

Mrs. Rister is survived by daughters, Christine Fisher and Janice (Mark) Skalicky both of Greenville and Linda H. Clark of Newberry; a son, Wayne (Karin) Rister of Newberry; grandchildren, Kent Haltiwanger, Shannon Murphy, Lauren Dillard, Jay Haltiwanger, Jody Haltiwanger, Shawn Barbare, Sherry Galbraith, Chris Rister, Jaime Browning, Amber Morgan and Ameila Skalicky, twenty-five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandhildren. She was predeceased by siblings, Dot Givens, Allene “Ennie” Cook and David Merchant.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, June 15, 2020 at Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Floyd Sides. Memorials may be made to Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church, 1307 Drayton Street, Newberry, SC 29108.



#24 Billy & Edith Morris 2020-06-17 09:20
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Mrs. Helen May all your memories be sweet.
#23 FRAN MERCHANT 2020-06-16 09:02
My Sincere Sympathy to all the family. Helen was a SPECIAL LADY whom loved life and always made Earle and I Feel so at Home as we made some many Happy Memories on the lake with her and James . I will always cherish those memories .May God bless each of you. LOVE , Fran
#22 Chris Bowers 2020-06-16 08:56
Janice and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was a sweet lady. Take care.
#21 The Clarys 2020-06-16 07:43
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you cherish the memories of this special lady.
Mack and Susan
#20 Logan Bagley 2020-06-14 21:19
This special lady touched me in ways that I will never forget, always making me feel welcome in her home, feeding us until we felt we would burst, telling stories with her sisters of growing up together and always having an open door whenever we might want to come to the lake for a visit. Thank you, Aunt Helen, for being such a special lady in my life, and sharing your name with my daughter. That was a special gift we could give to you, to share your name with her. And she is a wonderful tribute to you now that she is a mother to your great great nieces.
My prayers are with you all, Janice, Christine, Linda and Wayne.
#19 Dia Ware 2020-06-14 15:39
Janice, Mrs Linda, Shannon and Family, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I have many fond memories of Ms Helen from church and from going to visit them at the lake with grandpa and grandma when I was younger! And she was one heck of a pitcher and softball player! Y’all got it from her! She was warm, loving, kind and loved her church, her God and her family with all that she had. I have no doubt that she is in Heaven with her loved ones gone before her. Praying for strength, peace, and comfort for your family during this difficult time.
#18 Daniel Danny Kinard 2020-06-14 15:16
Children of an angelic mother. My sympathy and celebration of life is given to you on this day. We rejoice she is o longer in pain and we celebrate such an exemplary life this mom gave all of us. It was my honor to be her softball coach after Mr. James gave coaching up. She was a comfort and leader to the whole team. At the lake I ca. Remember er suppers she served me when I was in tied to fish. She and Mr. James ways were such Christian leaders and positive role models. Thank you for sharing your mom to make all of us better people. Danny
#17 Jocelyn & James Mack 2020-06-14 12:33
Dear Janice and Family, We were so sad to hear of Miss Helen's passing. Oh, the memories! God bless you all in your hour of need.
#16 Ann Stone 2020-06-14 11:41
Such a beautiful sweet southern lady. I remember well her making my majorette costumes for the Newberry Concert Band.She was a talented seamstress. Among all of her attributes were that of being a woman of God,loving mother and grandmother(gre atgrandmother also). Go with God sweet lady. Prayers for the family.
#15 Patti Moore 2020-06-14 09:47
My thoughts and prayers are with you all! She was a good woman who was loved by everyone, especially me! She treated me as if I was her own. She will always hold a special place in my heart.❤
#14 Connie & Wilbur Floy 2020-06-13 20:39
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
#13 Deborah Ruff 2020-06-13 19:06
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. She was quite a lady. I loved seeing pictures of her on Sunday mornings.
#12 Jean Boozer 2020-06-13 18:18
Accept our heartfelt sympathy. Wayne and Jean Boozer
#11 Guy & Kathie Rister 2020-06-13 17:45
So sorry to hear of Aunt Helen’s passing. She was a beautiful woman inside and out treating everyone like family. She has joined Uncle James, and one day we’ll all join them. What a celebration that will be. Love & prayers to all for the difficult days
#10 Mary Meeks 2020-06-13 16:02
We are so sad to learn of your mother’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Janice & Tommy Meeks
#9 Teresa Dominick 2020-06-13 14:47
Janice, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God wrap his loving and comforting arms around you. Teresa Dominick
#8 Joyce Hall 2020-06-13 14:10
Janice and family. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you
#7 Barbara Riebe 2020-06-13 13:24
Janice, I was so sad to read that your sweet mama passed! She was one of my favorite people. I enjoyed seeing her pictures & reading what was going on with her & telling her hello thru your posts. Sending you & your family prayers & hugs.
#6 June H Stepp King 2020-06-13 13:02
Janice, you are in my thoughts so much today. I think back to the days when Helen and Julia visited and I was privileged to join them on many occasions. I never saw your Mom that she didn't seem to be enjoying herself with a smile on her face. You have been a wonderful caretaker. May God bless you and place His loving arms around you as you proceed along the journey ahead.
Much love, June
#5 Denise Taylor 2020-06-13 11:46
Janice ,Tricia and family you are in my thoughts and prayers
May God bless you and keep you safe.
#4 Shelby Felker 2020-06-13 09:08
For so long I have enjoyed reading about Mrs. Helen and Sunday in the south from Janice but now God has written her story in gold. My condolences to you all. She is going to be missed. Love to you all, Shelby Felker
#3 Alice Hamby Turner 2020-06-12 18:02
Aunt Linda and Family,

So sorry to hear of Ms. Helens passing.
May the Lord keep you and all the family wrapped in his loving arms and comfort you in the days ahead

Love and prayers, Alice
#2 Barbara Rister 2020-06-12 17:47
I was sadden to hear of Aunt Helen’s passing. She had a long life and now Is with the Lord in paradise. Praying for all .
#1 Butch & Tricia Price 2020-06-12 16:39
So very sorry to hear of Aunt Helen's passing. Each of you are in our prayers!