In Memory of

Helen Joy Porter

December 16, 1930 - December 20, 2020
From: Spencer & Hartley, IA | Originally: Marathon, IA
Helen Joy Porter

Helen Joy Porter

Born: December 16, 1930
Died: December 20, 2020
Age: 90

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     Helen Joy Porter, the daughter of George and Emma (Zeman) Lovrien was born December 16, 1930 in Laurens, IA. Her childhood years were spent in the Webb and Gillett Grove, IA area, where she attended school and graduated from Gillett Grove High School in 1948. She attended Buena Vista College in for 2 years. She received her BA degree from Buena Vista University in  1971.

     Helen married Howard Porter on August 15, 1954 in Marathon, IA. She worked as a teacher in Marathon, Algona, Sioux Rapids, and Rembrandt, before retiring in 1978. She was a member of the Marathon Methodist Church and a member of United Methodist Women.  Helen enjoyed her volunteer work at schools, teaching Sunday School, family reunions, quilting, gardening, swimming at the YMCA, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Helen passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, IA, at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard, 4 sisters, Inez Lauritsen, Ruth Lovrien, Alice Carlson and Hope Leonard.

     Left to cherish her memory are her three sons and their wives: Gregory (Bonnie) Porter of Callender, IA, Thomas (Joni) Porter of Rincon, GA, and Paul Porter of Colorado Springs, CO; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Brad) Johnson, Kris (Matt) Breton, Justin Porter, Danelle Porter; 2 step-grandchildren, Hannah Cook and Sara (Chris) Swenson;  3 great-grandchildren, Porter and Crosby Breton and Willa Johnson;  2 sisters, Gladys Zweifel of Spirit Lake, IA and Shirley (Ray) Ohrtman of Spencer, IA;  2 brothers, Glenn Lovrien of Fullerton, CA and Robert Lovrien of Rockford, IL; other relatives; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Helen's name.

Please send cards and memorials to:
Greg Porter - P.O. Box 107 - Callender, Iowa 50523

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Funeral Services will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Steve Meyer
Greg Hoffman
Justin Porter
Matt Breton
Brad Johnson
Greg Jones
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer
"My Task" by Tennessee Ernie Ford
"Whispering Hope" by Jim Reeves
"The Lord's Prayer" - Torrey Carlblom
Poland Township Cemetery
Marathon, Iowa
Immediately following the funeral services.


Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:29 AM
“I was so sorry to hear of Helen's passing! She was such a sweet lady and a great friend to my grandma Margaret. She was such a great support after my grandma passed and was like a second grandma. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
- Amanda Klein
Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 3:08 PM
“Helen such a servant to all. She loved her Jesus. Whatever Helen’s task was -she studied it and prepared in the best way she could.,
Prayers for strength for all her family. Caryl and Philip Dukes”
- Caryl and Phil Dukes
Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:02 AM
“So sorry about Helen's passing! She was a wonderful inspiration to many people! RIP Helen ”
- Deanna Ingalls
Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:02 AM
“Helen was such a special friend to my Mom and our family. We moved away from Iowa in 1963 but she always kept in contact with us. Helen was a very kind and thoughtful person who will always be remembered. ”
- Jeanine Drake
Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“So sorry to hear of your lose always enjoyed visiting with her when she came into Hy-Vee we would talk about her mother Emma she use to baby sit us kids . She was a very nice lady 🙏”
- Risa Middendorff Willfong
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 10:19 AM
“To Helen's family-I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a member of our neighborhood coffee group and such a sweet lady. I will miss her at the table. Joan Kallsen”
- Joan Kallsen
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 3:22 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to Helen's family. Her middle name of Joy is suited to her as she brought so much joy to so many people. I considered Helen one of my best friends, we shared so many good times together. She was always so interested in how our great grandson was doing as she had enjoyed knowing him from swimming from 3 months to Kindergarten. I always looked forward to sharing my cookie plates at Christmas even though she couldn't have sweets. This last year brought her much pain and suffering and we will miss her very much but know she is now pain free and at peace with Howard. God's blessings to all her family, may she Rest in Peace.
- Pat & Eldon Larsen
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 3:01 PM
“My dear friend, sweet, Helen. A lifelong friend to my mother, Pat Johnson, to my friend. I appreciated your friendship so very much! The ways you tried to make my mother’s life better by playing games, singing hymns, just being there. I will hold your memory close to my heart with my mother’s. I can see the lunch bunch getting together again in heaven ( Helen, Pat and Margaret).”
- Gayle DeLoss
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 11:45 AM
“My deepest sympathies and prayers for your family. Helen was one of the sweetest people! May God bring you comfort during this season of grief.”
- Becky Baker (Bailey)
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“Beautiful picture of a Beautiful lady. I always enjoyed talking with Helen. My Sympathy.”
- Diane Fitzgerald Mozena
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