Helen Hansen, 84, of Le Mars, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Helen Ida Hansen was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Le Mars, the daughter of Hans and Amanda (Mohr) Hansen. She graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1937. She attended Westmar College and later the National Business School in Sioux City.
Helen was Deputy Recorder for Plymouth County for 22 years from 1946 to 1968. She was then elected as the Plymouth County Recorder and served as an elected official for 14 years, from 1969 to 1982. Helen was always known for her customer service and accuracy during her tenure n the Recorders office. She retired from the county on Dec. 31, 1982.
Helen was active in the Democratic Party at the local and state level. She attended many Democratic meetings and conventions through the years, including the 1976 inauguration of President Jimmy Carter.
She was a Plymouth Manor Promoter and Floyd Valley Hospital Auxiliary member. She was a member of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars. Helen enjoyed baking, knitting, crocheting and craft projects. She particularly enjoyed knitting and working on other projects for charity, including knitting children's mittens for local schools, churches, and the Christian Needs Center. Helen enjoyed socializing and traveling with her many friends and spending time with her family and their children.
Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy Lee and her husband, Ray, of Sheldon and Donna Lucken and her husband, Arlen, of Le Mars; many nieces and nephews and their children, all of whom loved "Aunt Helen."
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret Rubbert, and four brothers, Henry, Raymond, and William Hansen and a brother in infancy.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars with the Rev. Dean Goebel and the Rev. Randall Knuth of Plymouth Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment was at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation was after 5 p.m. Sunday, with the family present to greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Pallbearers were Rick Barry, Jim Lee, Tom Lee, Gregg Lucken, Scott Lucken, and Bill Jordan.