Alta Helsley Boyles of Bridgeport, OH., passed away Friday, March 4, 2022, at Weirton Medical Center, following a brief illness. She was 87 years old. Born on May 17, 1934, in Martins Ferry, OH., she was the daughter of the late Harry L. and Frances M. Payne Helsley. Alta graduated from Martins Ferry High School and furthered her education at Hiram College, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She was employed at the Willoughby School System as a sixth-grade teacher for over twenty-eight years. Alta was her happiest when she was outside, especially if she was gardening with her husband James. Whether it was the flower or vegetable garden, or their beloved blueberry bush, the time they spent together made for long-lasting memories. She also enjoyed traveling to Amish Country and visiting with her close friends, Dave and Phyllis Haynes of Moundsville. In addition, Alta was a member of the Church of God, A World-Wide Association, Wheeling WV., Remembering her with admiration and love is her husband of twenty-eight years James H. Boyles, step-sons Jimmy (Nancy) Boyles of Columbia City, IN., Martin Boyles of Weirton, step-daughter Kathy Frye, and her fiance’, Adriel Harrod of Midway, KY., a brother Richard B. (Dorothy) Helsley of Wintersville, two step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren Alta’s request for cremation has been honored. Respecting her wishes, no services will be conducted. Share tributes at

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  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Greco Hertnick Funeral Home

  2. Church of God A Worldwide Association. This Is Refreshing. I Do Not Remember Ever Seeing An Obituary That Showed Someone Attached To “Original Practice Christianity.” (There Is Very , Very Little Of It Taught Nor Practiced Anymore. ) This Dear Lady Was And This Is Wonderful To See! May God Bless All Of Her Family, Friends, and All Who Are Reading This To Examine Exactly What This Woman Believed. She Was Clearly An… “Original Practice Christian.” She Was Clearly A Berean.

  3. Alta was always smiling, she was such a warm friendly person. She thought of others and was always willing to serve at church. She knew my love for baskets and so presented me with a few of hers. I will fondly remember her kindness. Sherry Lutz, COGWA Pittsburgh

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