Obit: Brown, Helen (1922 - 2005)

Contact: Audrey Roedel


----Sources: Tribune-Record-Gleaner (Loyal, Clark Co., WI) 04/06/2005

Brown, Helen (22 MAY 1922 - 29 MAR 2005)

Helen Kelly Brown, 82, Spencer, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at her home with her family by her side. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 23, at North Ridge Church, Marshfield. The Rev. Gaylord Hendrickson will officiate. Interment of ashes will be in Aitkin County, Minn., at a later date.

Helen Kelly was born on May 22, 1922, to Calvin and Josephine (negates) Kelly, in Billings Mont. She spent her younger years growing up on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Fort Yates, N.D. At the age of 18, she attended welding school in Bismarck, N. D., in order to work in the defense plants in support of war effort during World War ll. She was one of the original "Rosie the Riveters." She later earned her nursing degree from St Joseph’s School of Nursing, Minot, N.D. and became a member of the Nursing Cadet Corp. As a nursing cadet, she worked in several military hospitals for the duration of the war. During this time, she married and had two children, Susan and Terrance. In 1952, she earned her nursing certificate for the state of Minnesota and was employed at the Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, as a registered nurse during most of her working career, until retirement in 1984. Upon retirement, she spent her remaining years as a member of her daughter’s family in Spencer.

She is lovingly survived by two children, Susan (Michael) Howe, Spencer, and Terrance (Debbie) Maring, Palisade, Minn.; four grandchildren, Ethan Howe, Michelle Howe, Kelly Maring, and T. W. Maring; two sisters, Susan Power, Chicago, Ill., and Theodora Chase, Fort Bertholde, N. D.; and one brother, Patrick (Patricia) Kelly, Ft. Yates, N. D.

Memorials may be designated to Saint Joseph’s In-Home Hospice Program.

Hansen Funeral Home, Marshfield, is assisting the family with arrangements.



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