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Katherine E. (McCauley) Helms (1907 - 2008)


Posted By: Gerhardt Leffler (email)
Date: 2/2/2008 at 20:48:28

Katherine E. Helms, 100, a former long-time resident of the Madrid farming community, passed from this life on Friday, January 25, 2008, at Boone County Hospital in Boone. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, at Hopkins Grove United Methodist Church, southeast of Madrid on Highway 415. Interment will follow at Hopkins Grove United Brethren Cemetery, next to the church.
Katherine was born on April 27, 1907 in Runnells, IA, to John F. and Melissa J. (Nixon) McCauley. They moved to Des Moines, when she was one year old. Katherine attended Willard School and was a 1925 graduate of East High School in Des Moines. She was a member of Hopkins Grove United Methodist Church and a 63-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and White Shrine in Polk City Chapter. Katherine married Ralph Helms on January 11, 1944 in St. Joseph, MO. She made the transition from city girl to hard-working farm wife on a cattle, hog and mainly horse-drawn agricultural operation in 1944, when they moved to Madrid and made their home. Katherine lived the first 98 years of her life without ever being hospitalized. On September 27, 2002, she became a resident of the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone.
She leaves to mourn several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Russell Helms and his wife, Patricia of Texas; and a host of many friends. Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; and her parents.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, at Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Madrid. Memorials may be made to either: Hopkins Grove United Methodist Church, rural Madrid or the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone. Condolences may be left at:
SUNDBERG-KIRKPATRICK FUNERAL HOME is caring for the family and the arrangements.
202 S. Market Street
Madrid, Iowa 50156
PHONE: (515) 795-3283
EMAIL: info@ilesfuneralhomes.com
WEBSITE: http://www.ilesfuneralhomes.com/
Published in the Boone News from 1/30/2008 - 2/29/2008.


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