Helen Dean

Friday, August 24, 2012
Helen Dean

Funeral services for Helen Dean, 85, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Tom Van Tassel will officiate the service.

Visitation with the family present will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Warner Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Helen passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Spencer Hospital.

Helen B. Dean, daughter of Myron J. and Clara (Paddock) Stanton, was born June 29, 1927, in Spencer, Ia. She was a third generation Spencerite, graduating from Spencer High School in 1945. Helen married Gerald W. "Jerry" Dean, Aug. 22, 1948, in the First Baptist Church, Spencer, Ia. She continued her position as an operator with Northwest Bell Telephone Company for five years and was then employed at Hy-Line Hatchery for 15 years. Helen helped with the operation of the Dean's Meat & Rat Bait business until retirement in 2003. Helen and Jerry enjoyed camping and square dancing with their many friends. They were charter members of the square dance club, Spencer Squares, and National Square Dance Camper's Association. Helen was a 50-year member of VFW Auxiliary and a 48-year volunteer for the Avenue of Flags. She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and traveling with Jerry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry; and sister, Marian Clark.

Left to cherish her loving memory are her children: Rick and Nancy Dean of Spencer, Barbara Dean of Spencer, and Bob and Charlotte Dean of Logan, Ia. Other family members include her grandchildren: Melissa Stover and fiancÚ, Alan Girard, Kellie and Matt Lowe, Mike and Heather Dean, Eric and Beth Dean, Joseph Dean and fiancÚ, Autumn Roberson, Angie and Nick Isaia, Kathy Washington; her great-grandchildren: Kaleb and Kevin Stover, Matayah and Kendra Lowe, Ethan Dean, Brayden Dean, Grant Dean, Zackary, Michaela, Triston, Nykoia, Cheyenne and Alexandria Isaia, and Terrance, Jazlyn and Nathaniel Bankston; and beloved niece and nephew, Suzanne Clark (Cliff Harbour) of Laramie, Wyo., and Merrill (Irene) Clark of Yuma, Ariz.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.