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Helen McGahuey

Helen Maxine McGahuey, daughter of Omer "Casey" & Jenny (Kinder) Holtzman, was born May 14, 1924 in Ringgold County, Iowa. Helen always lived in Ringgold County, and mostly in Mount Ayr. She attended Mount Ayr Community School and graduated from Mount Ayr High School.

On June 25, 1941, she was united in marriage to Charles Lorne McGahuey at Albany, MO. To this marriage was born two children: Judith Ann and Barry L.

Helen was a loving wife and mother. After the children were in school, Helen took dietitian classes and was a dietitian at the Ringgold County Hospital. She would also work several years at Clearview Home as a Nurses Aid.

Helen will be remembered for her quick wit and feisty personality. She enjoyed going to the jam sessions that Charles performed at. Helen was a great cook and her pies, homemade noodles and other dishes were savored and enjoyed by all. Helen was very talented as a quilter and she enjoyed embroidering. She was able to create quilts and embroider until her health had recently began to decline. Helen had a green thumb and she loved her flowers. In her later years, she kept a Christmas Cactus that was big, beautiful and full of blooms. She would raise a big garden every year and did a lot of canning. Her cat, Suzy, was precious to her and she loved having her as a pet.

In July 2017, Helen moved into Summit House in Britt, Iowa to be closer to Barry & Gretchen. She passed away on December 19, 2018 at Westview Care Center in Britt. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Charles on March 5, 2010; daughter Judith Ann Sterling on October 25, 2015 and son-in-law Robert "Woody" Sterling; all of her siblings which include Dale Holtzman, Bob Holtzman, Elmer Holtzman, Irene Feuring, Bernice McCoy, Nina Powell, Donna Drake, Linda Sickels, Lois Johnson, and two in infancy.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Barry McGahuey & wife Gretchen of Wesley, IA; grandchildren Ian McGahuey & wife Angelina of Twentynine Palms, CA and Megan Parker & husband Tommy of Chapel Hill, N.C.; great grandchildren Tyler McGahuey, Wyatt, Olivia, and Colby Parker; step-great grandchildren Marcus & Reece; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Memorials are to the Animal Rescue League.



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So sorry to hear of Helen's death. Visited her at home, and then the nursing home, and she enjoyed visits. She loved her cat. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda E Barber Jan 2 2019 12:00 AM