A Tribute to Kathy

Kimberly Wagner

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My friend’s long walk through death’s shadows has ended this week. Kathy Helvey’s four-year battle with leukemia has given way to the victory of eternal life.

The first time I met Kathy, I was immediately struck by her physical beauty. It only took a few moments of conversation however, for her inner beauty to eclipse her outer beauty. Passionate vibrancy, Christ-exalting speech, and gracious mannerisms flowed from her naturally and sincerely.

Kathy’s recall of numerous Psalms stemmed from her discipline of memorizing and meditating on chapters as she walked. I rarely enter my daily routine of walking without remembering her and this particular spiritual discipline that she shared with me.

Kathy was a woman who had her share of unusual trials–caring for an adult daughter with autism, serving in a ministry which required trusting God for financial income–and yet she displayed such a joy in Christ that, unless you had personal knowledge of what was occurring in her life, it would appear she had no difficulties or challenges. She didn't unload her struggles or seek out sympathy but approached conversations as opportunities to bless others and point them to the goodness of God. Kathy was a true woman, no question about it.

Kathy was also one of Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ favorite people. Here’s Nancy’s video tribute which was played yesterday at Kathy’s memorial service. It ends with a brief audio clip by Kathy encouraging us to see all of life from heaven’s perspective. 

One of the last conversations I had with Kathy was when we unexpectedly "ran into”  each other while she was in the hospital outpatient waiting area and I was there with my dad. She used the moments while we were waiting to ask about his health, what was happening in my life, my children, etc. She took time to bless me rather than bemoaning her own situation.

I know the Father delighted to welcome her home and honored her as one of His choice servants. I will miss her smile and infectious laugh. I look forward to seeing her again on that day when we'll all be united there in perfect unity, spending forever together in His glorious presence!

Topics: Womanhood


  1. Kim,
    What a beautiful send off for your friend, Kathy. I look forward to meeting her in heaven.

    I was struck by the profundity of her words about not merely trying to see what God is doing in a situation, but seeking his face in the situation. That was something I needed to hear!

    Every Blessing,

    Barbara Gardner
    Holy Women of the Past
    posted by Barbara
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 9:47 am
  2. Dear ones at ROH,

    I'm so sorry for your loss (and ours)! I remember Kathy (from earlier ROH broadcasts) ... she was sweet ... she was deep (deeply in love with our Savior). I missed her presence on ROH and wondered how she was doing (knowing she had been sick). I do rejoice with you that she is now in the presence of our Savior; I know you all sense a deep loss... may our Lord comfort you with His tender mercies and steadfast love (Ps. 103; Jer. 31:3).

    I loved what Kathy said in the clip above about seeing the Lord's face. I just read Ps. 27 yesterday and was thinking about v.8 ... her comments give me so much more to think about! Amen! (Thank you for airing/posting this tribute to Kathy, ladies.)

    Love and prayers to/for you all at ROH and Kathy's family and friends,
    posted by Leslie S.
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 10:41 am
  3. yes...love and prayers to you.
    posted by Christine Rickard
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:07 am
  4. Wow. Needed that. God give you all confort as you travel through this time of sorrow. May we all have such a legacy to leave our family and friends. Jodi C.
    posted by Jodi C.
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:50 am
  5. I'm sorry to hear that Kimberley.

    God only takes his best flowers first.

    It sounds as if she was a true daughter of God. And he wanted her back home with him.

    Hugs from here! (and a spiritual one for Kathy too)

    posted by judy
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm
  6. I was so sad and shocked to hear of the loss of Kathy. I have loved her sharing on many ROH broadcasts, I felt I knew her! Indeed her sweet wise spirit just embraced us as we listened to a truly Biblical Woman! I had heard she had leukemia, but am soo grief stricken at this news. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories, it helps me because I feel part of the family and I join you all in the grief and celebration. This is the miracle of our radio-broadcast family. We really care and our hearts really walk together. May the LORD be pleased with all the Glory HE received through Kathy's life. Jesus is so wonderful.
    posted by Ginny Chapman
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm
  7. To have Nancy describing this special child of God bring us tears and grief even for me that I never met her.
    Nancy, you are a blessing and inspire me to draw closer to God and longing for one day be with our Lord forever and enjoy the real life in the place we belong.
    posted by Celita Polsgrove
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm
  8. What a blessing, to hear Kathy's story!
    I can see a little more of our Heavenly Father.
    posted by Carol
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm
  9. I really needed to hear those words about seeing Jesus in it as I reflect on my life. I desire like Kathy to be full of that kind of faith. Even in her death Kathy is blessings others. May God's comfort be with her family and those who knew her and will miss her deeply.
    posted by Angela
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm
  10. I am sorry for the loss of your friend Kim. And I empathize with her husband and kids. May God surround them with His tender mercy now and in the days ahead, however long the grieving process takes..........But I rejoice in her gain!! She seemed to have a grip on His truth that gave her hope and that "joy with acceptance" which seems so hard to attain for some. I thought of that book "Hinds Feet in High Places" when she spoke of God lifting her to the high place and even above that. Oh, how much joy does she have now?? We can't even comprehend.......... I am sure there is no description for the moment you experience when you reach "home" and He says well done good and faithful servant.

    Life is fragile and short in the light of eternity, may we all have hearts that are urgent and sincere in our relationship with God and may we be pressing towards the goal of going home as His faithful servant.

    Love to you sister!
    In Him, Barbara
    posted by Barbara
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm
  11. Thank you, Kim, for sharing. I'm grateful for all of you from the recordings...and miss you. What a blessing to have known Kathy. Bless you!
    posted by Maria Johnson
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm
  12. I have never met Kathy, but I am inspired by your posting, Kim, and Nancy's tribute, and especially, Kathy's own words. Oh, that we all might have her bright, biblical perspective ... and then have the courage to live in light of that truth.
    posted by Dawn Wilson
    on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm
  13. Proverbs 14:32b
    Job 19:25, 26
    posted by Ellie Eskenazi
    on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 6:33 am
  14. Having recently lost both of my sister-in-laws to cancer within 6 weeks of one another, I can share your grief and pain yet rejoice in Kathy's victory of eternal life! Thank you for sharing Kathy's remarkable legacy and testimony. May it be a message of hope and encouragment to all of us. With love and prayers.
    posted by Judy B.
    on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 9:50 am
  15. Kathy IS (not WAS) my cousin; her motto, "Alive TODAY." Our mothers were sisters. I was tremendously blessed at the funeral to see Nancy DeMoss participate with a recorded greeting. God bless Kathy's memory and the legacy of Revive Our Hearts.
    posted by Mr. B. J. Slinger
    on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm
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