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Helen Shay

September 4, 1928 ~ March 23, 2021 (age 92)


Helen R. Shay, 92, passed away March 23, 2021, with her family by her side at Taylor House Hospice.

Helen was born September 4, 1928 in Moulton, Iowa to Homer and Diamond Ruckman. She enjoyed working at Metz Baking for many years as well as making cakes for Baskin Robbins. Helen was a homemaker most of her life and loved to sew and solve puzzle books. Above all else, she treasured time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Helen is survived by her children, Teresa Montgomery, Michael Shay and Jerry Shay; grandchildren, Brandon (Tammy) Montgomery and Patrese (Chris) Lee; great-grandchildren, Dex, Bailey, Ty, Allyson and Cam; and her siblings, Hazel Jackson, Rex Ruckman and Mary Ellen Shimerdla.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Thomas E. Shay and son, Timothy E. Shay; parents, Homer and Diamond Ruckman; and her siblings, Doris England and John Ruckman.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Armstrong Funeral Home followed by burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mt. Ayr.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Colon Cancer Coalition or the American Heart Association in loving memory of Helen.

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Funeral Service


Visitation With Family Present
March 31, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Armstrong Funeral Home
205 West Monroe St
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

Graveside Service
March 31, 2021

3:00 PM
Rose Hill Cemetery
Hwy 2
Mount Ayr, IA 50854

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