Helen Marie Dardis


Helen Marie Dardis, 85, joined her husband and loved ones in the peace of eternal life, when she passed away at her home in Lawrence, Kansas on Wednesday February 20, 2013. Helen was born to Frank and Beulah Williams on June 12, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri.
After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she worked as a secretary for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, KS. She married Michael Dardis at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on May 24, 1947.

While raising a family of nine children, Helen and Michael lived in Leavenworth, Kansas; Killdeer, North Dakota; Butte, Montana; and Sunflower Village, Kansas. She and her family lived in Eudora, Kansas until Michael’s death in October 1998. For many years, Helen was active with the Holy Family St. Theresa’s Society in Eudora. Helen retired from the University of Kansas, where she worked in the Watkins Student Health Center. After moving to Lawrence, she volunteered for Hospice Care of Douglas County, Kansas.

Helen was proud of her many loved ones who served in the military. She enjoyed traveling, music, and watching the Jayhawks – but her greatest enjoyment was being with her family. The achievements and adventures of her children, as well as their spouses and children, was a source of joy for her. Helen’s maternal devotion was most evident by her endless acts of love for her son, John. Helen’s sense of humor and kindness enriched the lives of all who knew her.

Helen is survived by her children Mary, Patrick, Mark, Gregory, Michael, Jeffrey, Anne, and John; sons-in-law Ross Shuman and Daryl Perry; daughters-in-law Patricia, Melissa, Candy, and Elizabeth; grandchildren Aaron, Brie, Emily, Amanda, Kelly, Travis, Andrew, David, Jacob, and Alyssa; great grandchildren, Sarah, Moriah, and Jordan; and sister Louise.

She was preceded in death by her husband Michael, daughter Kathryn, granddaughter Lili, grandson Brennan, sister Beulah, and brothers Frank, Francis, Jim, John, and Bill.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence.

A rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Monday February 25, followed by a visitation until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday February 26 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora, and burial following in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the Cottonwood, Inc. Workshop for the Developmentally Disabled in Lawrence, Kansas; or to the Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora, Kansas, sent in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence, KS 66044.
You can follow any condolences regarding Helen Dardis through rumsey-yost.com.

Messages & Condolences

From The Noland family...

Anne, Daryl & family –

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family right now. Anne, Helen Dardis was a wonderful mom. This is clear because she raised such a good kid, who herself is a great Mom. I can see she lived her life much like you – with integrity, dedication, compassion, love and a touch of humor.

– Mary, Jim, Charlotte & Teddy

From Helen Rivera...


There are no words that can ever be said to express or take the place of your loss, just know that my prayers are with you and your family, your memories of your beloved mother will get you through this sad time.


From Susan (Venable) Veber...

Dear Dardis Family:
So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. May the beautiful and loving memories be of great comfort to you all. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers. Mato and Susan Veber

From Diahna Carroll...

Patrick and Family,

My prayers are with you all, and God will sustain you and your family during this difficult time. She was truly a blessed woman.

From Noelle Pinckney...


You and your family are in my prayers. God be with you in your time of sorrow.

From Angie Alvarez-Reed...

Helen was always so gracious and pleasant, always had a smile. I know my mother, Irene, enjoyed any time spent with her. My condolences to all the family.

From Shannon D. McCoy...

To the Dardis Family,

I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Shannon D. McCoy

From George McCusker...

To the Dardis Family:
You have Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother.
The McCusker Family

From Eisenbarger Family...

We’re sorry to hear about your loss. The Dardis Family means more than you’ll realize to the Eisenbarger families. We have many fond memories and think of you often.
Rodney Eisenbarger
I hope to attend services on Wednesay, but if unable to….my contact info is:
785-423-1586 cell

From Sandra Dukes...


Your family and you are in my prayers for comfort at your time of loss.

God Bless

From Jean Stephens...

Dear Patrick Dardis and Family,
By reading the obituary, it is apparent that your mother was a wonderful woman who by volunteering helped many people. I know that your mother will be greatly missed. I am sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you throughout these sad times.

From Cindy & Gary Ellis...

To Mike and Family – We are sending our thoughts and prayers for your comfort and peace. May the many wonderful memories of your Mom sustain you through this difficult time. Gods Blessings upon all of you.

From Melba Still...

From a Watkins Hospital friend. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

From R. Cole...

Sorry for your loss. To lose a loved one is truly hard and when it is your mother it only adds pain to the loss. May you find hope in the resurrection.-Acts 24:15. Resurrection is a standing up again, a coming to life. It is what Jesus did for Lazarus(John 11:43-44) and will do for others.-John 5:28-29. May you draw hope and comfort from this God given promise. Comfort one another, and may your many good memories also bring you comfort.

From Lynn Wilson-Bruce...

Dear Dardis Family ~ Your Mother Helen was an amazing woman and I feel so blessed to have known her and call her my friend. She lived life to the fullest and enjoyed and loved each of you very much! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Much Love,
Lynn Wilson-Bruce and family (Jim, Lora and Michael)

From Steven Wildt...

Mike Dardis and Family:

Your mom and family are in my thoughts and prayers. She sounded like a wonderful person and lived a life surrounded by a great family.

God Bless

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