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Helen E Downey

April 26, 1925 — November 28, 2018

Helen was born April 26, 1925 on a farm south of Cleghorn, Iowa to Robert and Ruth (Mitchell) Ferris. She was the eldest of seven children. Helen graduated from Aurelia High School in 1943 and went on to Buena Vista College. She earned her teaching certificate and taught in Afton and Tilden Townships for four years. Helen married William Downey on June 1, 1948 at her parent’s home in Grand Meadow Township. They farmed and raised stock cows/calves for over 50 years in the Grand Meadow area. Together they raised five children. Throughout the years, Helen enjoyed her children’s 4-H activities, baking, reading, and finding teachable moments. Helen was an avid gardener until the age of 89! She was a member of Meadow Star United Methodist Church and was very fond of her church family. Helen cared deeply about everyone. She was and always will be an enduring light in our lives. Helen is survived by her children; Chuck of Blakesburg, Mary (John) Dixson of Newell, SD, John of Pierson, Jean (Jeff) Addison of Pierson, and Kathryn Bauermeister of Sioux City; Six grandchildren, Josh (Alli) Dixson, Jennifer Downey, Abby (Nick) Ritze, Jesse Addison, Jillian Addison and Saylor Bauermeister, four great grandchildren, Emily, Blake, Hailey Helen, and Finn; sisters, Peggy Wilberding and Wilma Grauer, and brother, Eugene Ferris and Margaret Steward. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill in 1999, brother John Ferris, sisters, Mildred Bainbridge, and Leone Crane, sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ferris and Jeannine Ferris, and brothers-in-law, Dale Crane, Ray Wilberding, Dale Grauer and Vernon Bainbridge.
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Visitation

Sunday, December 2, 2018

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 3, 2018

10:30 - 11:15 am (Eastern time)

Meadow Star United Methodist Church

6506 C Ave, Washta, IA 51061

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Burial

Monday, December 3, 2018

11:30am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Grand Meadow Cemetery

, Washta, IA 51061

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