|Helen Irene Ridnour passed away March 19, 2010, at Westridge Care Facility, at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 19 days. Helen Irene Dawson was born December 28, 1923, to John William Dawson and Susie Opal McNees in Taylor County, Iowa. She was the oldest of five children living on a farm in rural Bedford. Her siblings included: Bill, Donna, Hazel, Betty and Mamie.
Helen attended Bedford Community Schools and graduated from there in 1942. After graduating, Helen worked at Batís Candy Kitchen in Bedford as a waitress while still living at home. Her friends began to attend square dances in the Gravity, New Market and Bedford area; this is where she met Harry Don.
On May 13, 1948, Harry Don and Helen were united in marriage in Bedford. In 1950, their first son, Larry Don was born. Three boys followed: William (Bill) Duane, 1951; Freddie (Fred) Dean, 1958 and Harry David, 1960. During this time, Helen focused on the large task of raising four ornery boys! In her spare time, she canned, sewed all of the familyís clothing and milked the cows. Helen was very devoted to her family and always had many stories to tell.
In 1976, Harry Don and Helen retired from the farm and moved to 408 Jackson Street in Bedford with Fred and Harry David still of the home. She worked at the Taylor County Care Facility as a cook in the kitchen and later at Bedford Nursing and Rehab as a cook before her retirement in the early 1980ís.
In June 1989, Helenís life partner and husband, Harry Don, passed away. In September, she moved to Foster Manor Assisted Living Apartments in Clarinda. Helen lived there until 2003 and then due to health reasons, she moved to Westridge Care Facility. During this time, Helen still enjoyed attending her grandchildrenís events and visiting with her family.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents; husband Harry Don Ridnour; sisters Donna Marshall, Mamie Wagoner, Hazel Smalley and Betty Powell; brother Bill Dawson.
Helen is survived by her four sons: Larry Don and his wife Ann of Gravity, William Duane of Ames, Freddie Dean and wife Roseanna of Holts Summit, Missouri and Harry David and his wife Michelle of Clarinda; grandchildren Pamela Stone and husband Rob of New Bloomfield, Missouri, Susan Ridnour of Gravity, Rebecca Cornish of Des Moines, Will Ridnour of Des Moines, Billie Jo Ridnour of Ames, Timothy Ridnour of Missouri, David Ridnour of Missouri, Heidi Beatty and husband Matt of Parnell, Missouri and Harry Robert Ridnour of Clarinda; sister-in-law Donna Dawson of Bedford; brother-in-law Richard Marshall of Clarinda; nephew Clay Heuer and wife Judy of Clarinda; great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Helen Irene Dawson Ridnour, 86, will be held Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be held at the Washington Cemetery in Gravity, Iowa. Visitation is scheduled Monday evening from 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home.
Following the committal service, the family invites you to the Greater Hope Community Church in Clarinda for lunch and fellowship.
Memorials are suggested to the Helen Ridnour Memorial Fund.