GILMORE CITY — Helen Shelgren, 66, of the Rolfe and Gilmore City area, died on Sept. 13, 2007, at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. today, Sept. 17, 2007 at The Shared Ministry of Rolfe with the Rev. Charles Miller officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Clinton-Garfield Cemetery at Rolfe.
Helen Marr Lowrey was born on March 23, 1941, near Woodbine. She was the daughter of Donald Fairbanks and Alberta Elizabeth (Orchard) Lowrey. Helen started her education at Spring Creek country school and graduated from Woodbine High School in 1958, having been the 1957 Homecoming Queen. She graduated from Parsons College at Fairfield and received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education in 1964, from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville. Helen taught kindergarten for a total of thirty-three years. First in Pisgah, then Rolfe and Pocahontas and the last twenty-four years in Gilmore City. On Aug. 15, 1964, she married James Shelgren at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple has made their home in the Rolfe-Gilmore City area. Helen retired in 2003. She has been in failing health for the past year.
Helen has been a member of the Presbyterian Church her whole life, in Woodbine. She was very active in the Presbyterian — Shared Ministry in Rolfe, serving on various committees and taught Bible study and Sunday School. She was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority and the Rolfe Women’s Card Club and was a former member of the PEO, the Rolfe Library Board and the Pocahontas County Extension Council. Helen enjoyed doing crafts, traveling and seasonally decorating her home
Survivors include her husband: James; daughter: Kara (Kurt) Weinert, of Humboldt; son: Brad Shelgren, of New Ulm, Minn.; grandchildren: Kyle and Kaden Weinert and Riley, Reid and Ryker Shelgren and sisters, Judy Cantwell of Farmington, N.M., and Elizabeth (Chuck) Koncker of St. Paul Minn.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents and brother, James Lowrey.