Cleta J. Payer (Luce) (Helsley)

Birth: October 12th, 1920
Death: December 9th, 2012
Age: 92 years

PAYER, Cleta J. (Luce) (Helsley) – of Davison, age 92, passed away December 9, 2012. A Funeral Service will be held 12 NOON Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Rd., Davison, MI 48423; Elder Terry Horton officiating. There will be visitation from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Burial will be held at Flint Memorial Park Cemetery on a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s ResearchHospital.


Cleta was born in Flint on October 12, 1920, daughter of Gilbert and Gladys (Maynard) McCord. After the death of her parents, she was adopted by Robert and Myrtle (McCord) Luce. Cleta Luce married Elmer Helsley on May 15, 1949. Elmer preceded her in death in August of 1960. Cleta married James Payer on September 20, 1975. James preceded her in death in November of  2003.  Cleta was a member of Community of Christ Church. She lovingly made and donated over 500 quilts to HurleyPediatricCenter. Cleta was employed as a bookkeeper for several area businesses for many years of her life. She enjoyed bowling, playing Bingo and gardening.


Cleta was preceded in death by her baby boy, Larry Dale; her siblings, Bernard McCord, John Luce, Ralph Luce and Mary Luce; nephew, Robert Luce. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, Bonnie McCord, Delbert McCord, Julie McCord Veit, Shirley Linton, Robin Luce, Rita McCarthy, Mary Uptegraff, Katherine McGinnis, Donna Peterman and Lola Robson. Also, many special family members and friends. The family gives a special thank you to the staff of Bristol Manor and Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion.


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