In Memory of

Helen Lorrene Leith

September 4, 1921 - October 6, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Helen Lorrene Leith

Helen Lorrene Leith

Born: September 4, 1921
Died: October 6, 2018
Age: 97

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 Helen Lorrene Leith, 97, passed away October 6, 2018. Helen was born September 4th, 1921 to Fay and Edna (Hammen) Galbraith of Albert City, Iowa. She was the second of three daughters. Helen graduated from Albert City High School in 1940. Helen married James Leith September 16th, 1944. They lived in Ames, Iowa while Jim pursued his undergraduate degree. While in Ames, Helen worked for AT & T as a phone operator. They also lived in Webb and at Lost Island Lake for several years before moving to Madison, Wisconsin in 1959 so Jim could attend graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. In 1960, they moved to Spencer, Iowa. Helen was a homemaker after leaving Ames. She was an excellent cook. Helen spent many hours canning vegetables Jim grew in their garden. Helen loved spending time with her family. She adored her grandchildren and great granddaughter.. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

     Survivors include her daughter, Susan (Damon) Lamb of Prescott Valley, Arizona, three grandsons, Joel (Tina Hsu) Lamb, Seattle, Washington, Justin Lamb, Albuquerque, New Mexico, David (Rachel) Leith, Portland, Oregon and a great-granddaughter, June Aurora Lamb along with beloved nieces, nephews and other family members. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, two daughters; Patricia (infant) and Sandra Leith, her parents, Fay and Edna Galbraith and two sisters, Lois Benna and Norma Jean Galbraith.

     Helen was a resident at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer at the time of her death. The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff at St. Luke Lutheran Home and the caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care for their wonderful care of Helen during the last years of her life.

      A celebration of her life and private family service will occur at a later date. Ashes will be returned to rest beside her husband in Fairfield Cemetery at Albert City.

     The family requests, if desired, donations be made in Helen’s name to the Palo Alto Conservation Fund (Lost Island Nature Center), P.O. Box 417 Ruthven, Iowa 51358.

SERVICES
A Celebration of her life and private family service will occur at a later date.
INTERMENT
Fairfield Cemetery
Albert City, Iowa

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 3:11 PM
“Sue and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Helen certainly had a good long life, but it's still difficult when the end occurs. My last memory of Helen was in your house on Terry Terrace. She had come to visit you, and she was sitting in your living room in the chair at the top of the steps. She had a big smile on her face as we chatted for awhile. She looked so content and relaxed, and very happy to be spending time with you. Of course, your sweet Golden, Nala, was at your house, too, looking as content as a dog could possibly look. Your home was warm and inviting, with sunshine streaming in through your sliding door, and window, and it seemed that Helen was truly enjoying every minute with you. May you find peace in knowing that you always went the extra mile to ensure Helen had a quality life, and frequent contact with you.”
- Cherie Cartier
Monday, October 8, 2018 at 4:04 PM
“Sue and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember her smile and gentle manner. I loved visiting at your house when we were kids, she always was very welcoming! Take care.”
- Pam Rouse
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 6:13 PM
“Sue and all.....we extend our deepest sympathy to you all! Its so hard loosing parents but you were also so blessed you had her this long! What a delightful woman! May God wrap his arms around you all and give you peace. ”
- Bryan and Gayle Bailey
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 6:13 PM
“Loved talking with Helen when she came into Design Masters for her weekly hair appointment. What a GREAT lady!! She always had a smile!! She had a GREAT life in Spencer as she had many friends. May God comfort you!!”
- Karen Buchholz
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