Helen Kate Tester
Posted 4:22 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022
(November 6, 1925 – August 15, 2022)
Helen Kate Garland Tester, 96, was carried away by angels on Monday August 15, 2022. She endured poor health with patience and good humor for many years but grew weary and yearned to join the Lord. She died at her home in Stoney Creek as she wanted to.
Helen has resided her entire life in the Stoney Creek community of Elizabethton and retired from North American Rayon Corporation. She was the daughter of the late Raleigh and Luthenia Garland of Elizabethton.
She was also predeceased by her husband RM “Rufus” Tester, in 2008; two brothers, Willard Garland and Crawford Garland; one sister, Loretta “Rhetta” Lowe; and a stepson, Steve Tester.
Survivors include a daughter, Charlene Stout of Elizabethton; two sons, Kevin Stout (Libby) of Elizabethton and Kimmy Stout (Amy) of Oak Island, North Carolina; two sisters, Lillie Burke of Silver Spring, Md., and Patsy Coup (Earl) of Elizabethton; one brother, Lynson Garland (Linda) of Elizabethton; a daughter-in-law, Claudia May of Elizabethton; a stepson, Dickie Tester of Elizabethton; step-grandchildren, Rachael Hinegar, Nathaniel Hinegar, Grant and Garrett Alderman, Penny Campbell, Whitney Davis and Larry Tester; and special parents, Lorena Layman-Garland, Michael Gerald, Vickie Grimet, Tammy Thomas, Debbie Gerald, Rondall Lowe, Angel Welch, Holly Werner and Earl Coup. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Helen was a voracious reader, a fearless and creative cook, and a talented craftswoman. A good book, someone to nurture, and a quilt frame rocked her world. She also loved a campfire on a cool fall evening.
Characteristics of Helen’s life were her unwavering faith and concern for others. She was a member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church since childhood and supported it throughout her long life. Her love and compassion for everyone was boundless and she practiced her faith all day, every day, helping others whenever she could. Helen Tester was, in turn, loved by many because she was kind, she was pious, and she was a blessing to all who knew her. May she rest in peace.
A memorial service will be held at Poplar Grove Baptist Church, by the family, on Sunday, August 21 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Poplar Grove Baptist Church. Words of love and sympathy may be sent to the family through the funeral home’s website, www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel, Elizabethton, (423) 542-2232, is honored to serve the Tester family.