FRANCES M. HELMERS
Frances M. Helmers, age 93, of Faribault, died on Friday, March 18, 2011 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault.
Funeral services will be held on April 2, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, with the Reverend Elden Eklund officiating. Interment will be at Sunnyside Memory Garden, Charles City, Iowa.
Visitation will be held at Boldt Funeral Home on April 2, 2011 for one hour prior to the services.
Frances Mary, the daughter of William B. and Mary Ellen (Boyer) Smith, was born on October 22, 1917 in Nashua, Iowa. Following graduation from Nashua High School in 1935, she taught rural school until her marriage to Claude Hastings. They were later divorced. On September 16, 1950 she married Norman Helmers. She was a homemaker, a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, a 30-year member of the Red Cross, and an avid reader, a sports fan, and she loved Palomino horses. She was Rice County Homemaker of the Year in 1975. She was inducted into the Palomino Horse Breeders of America Hall of Fame in 1991.
She is survived by three daughters, Joan Peterson of Stratford, Iowa, Judy (and Dan) Schulte of Plymouth and Kathy (and Gary) Hersom of Jesup, Iowa; three step-children, Dennis (and Mary) Helmers of Charles City, Iowa, Ron (and Ruth) Helmers of Rochester and Judy (and Larry) Oeltjenbruns of Rapid City, South Dakota; seven grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 15 step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Helmers; by her parents, William and Mary Smith; and by one brother, James Smith.
Name: Lisa Hetletvedt Moore
Date: Thursday April 07, 2011
I ran across Frances obituary purely by accident as I was on this websight viewing my Aunt Mayion's obituary. I don't believe I have ever met you but I want you to know that I had met your mother and she was such a sweet lady. And your father was absolutely my favorite horse judge in the world. If he was judging I always made a point to go to the horse show that day because I thought he was wonderful and fair! I have been living in Texas for years now so I wasn't aware of your mother of father's passing and I just want to offer my condolences all of the Helmers family. God Bless
Name: Ann Hedquist
Date: Tuesday March 29, 2011
My mother, Viola, lived down the hall from Frances for several years. My mother counted her as one of her dearest friends in life. I enjoyed visiting with Frances when I came to see my mom. Sometimes the 3 of us would go to a movie. We often played cards and had some laughs. Sat. mornings she would come in and "set" my mom's hair. I would lay in bed and listen to them chat softly and laughing. It was wonderful for me to know my mom had such a good friend. She was a kind and gracious lady and I am grateful to have met her. My thoughts are with you as you travel this lonely road.
Name: Mel and Mary Sanborn
Date: Monday March 28, 2011
Mel and I lived on Hwy. 60 next to Norman and Francis for many years. Francis helped me with my first big family dinner. I was not sure how many potatoes to mash for company and ran low. I ran next door to Francis and she happily gave me more potatoes to complete by bowl of mashed potatoes. We deeptly loved Francis and will miss her so much. I treasure my memories of her and her love of horses and friends. Our sypmathy and love to you her family. Mary and Mel (We plan to come on Sat.).
Name: John & Arlette (Mensing) Hogan
Date: Thursday March 24, 2011
Dear family: My heart goes out to you in special prayers for Frances & Norman as well.......She was one fine neighbor next to my parents farm (Dick, Milda, & Dianne Mensing) and that phone line was sure busy between my Mom & Frances when Frances left the farm and my folks moved into Morristown...I was lucky to usually see them when I was home from Pleasant Hill, Calif. and I was always fortunate to get at least a few messages as well on the phone while there..........Frances always asked about us and I asked about them....We all know we will see her and all of those great friends when the resurrection happens and we can be thankful for that reward.....Remember the good memories and God does love his people and will give you strength and comfort in future days that my prayers will continue and we know shes taking care of all those beautiful horses........hug's Arlette & family.
Name: Vonnie Olson
Date: Wednesday March 23, 2011
Frances was our true friend for over fifty years. We will always treasure our "Golden Moments" with her and Norm that we enjoyed over that time. Since Don passed away last July I don't venture too far from home by myself so unless I can find someone to go with me I doubt that I can attend the funeral but I will be with you in spirit. May God Bless Her Memory and may you find comfort and peace in His Promise of Life Eternal.
Name: Christopher D. Oeltjenbruns
Date: Tuesday March 22, 2011
Frances, you will be missed very much. One the thing I remember most is all the holiday dinners we had and playing cards afterwords. We all had a fun time at her house. I still remember the time my sister and I took the bus up to visit them. We had the time of our lives that summer. Helped take care of the horses, ride them, and walk them out to the back of the barn. To all the family I want to convey my sadness for your lost and I hope we can all remember the fun time we all had with her. We know she is in a better place now with Grandpa and a field of horses.
Name: Judy & Larry Oeltjenbruns
Date: Tuesday March 22, 2011
Frances was a very special lady and very dear to our hearts. We will always remember the wonderful meals she prepared for her family and guests. What an excellent cook! My mouth waters when I think of eating her prepared food. Heaven has certainly received an inspiration. We will miss her.