Dorothy Weiner Umfress, daughter of Max and Ida Weiner and lifelong resident of Helena-West Helena, died August 17 from complications from heart disease.

Dorothy Weiner Umfress, daughter of Max and Ida Weiner and lifelong resident of Helena-West Helena, died August 17 from complications from heart disease.

She leaves her daughter, Dorothy Ethridge and her husband, Julian of Hayesville, North Carolina; her son, Jim and his wife, Karen of Memphis, Tennessee; five granddaughters, six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her husband, J.C. and daughter Jean preceded her in death as did her six siblings, Isador, Bert, Ruth, Selma, Jane and Max.

Born on Beech Street on January 3, 1920, she lived at that residence until her death. Dorothy was known as “the mayor of Beech Street.” Her love of Helena, its history and Beech Street, was well known throughout the community. She could entertain for hours with wonderful and delightful stories. She was ever optimistic and hopeful that Helena would someday soon be as prosperous as it was in her early years.

She always said that she wished she was 20 years younger so that she could help with the current revival of Cherry Street and the downtown area.

Dorothy retired from AP&L in 1982. She served as president of the American Cancer Society and the American Legion Auxiliary for many years.

Dorothy was a lifetime member of Temple Beth El. For the past 10 years, she has been a devoted (and entertaining) docent at the Helena Museum, a perfect fit for her knowledge and enthusiasm of Helena and its history.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorials may be sent to: Helena Museum, 623 Pecan St.; KIPP School, 415 Ohio St.; or the Institute of Southern Jewish Live, P.O. Box 16528, Jackson, MS 39236.