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Helen B. Durgin — Plainview

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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 3:44 pm | Updated: 2:31 pm, Wed Feb 20, 2013.

Helen B. Durgin, 88, of Plainview, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at her rural home, following a lengthy illness.

Helen was born Oct. 17, 1924, on the Sand Prairie, Wabasha, to Joseph and Hattie (Pickett) Wilcox. She was baptized and confirmed at Kellogg Methodist Church. Helen married Raymond Durgin on Oct. 27, 1945, at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Wabasha. They actively farmed until her husband's death in 1982. Helen continued to operate and rent the farm until her death.

Helen graduated from Wabasha High School, and became a Certified Home Health and Family Health Aide. She was a homemaker, worked in various bookkeeping and secretarial positions, and for Goodhue/Wabasha Public Health, for 28 years, until retirement in 1998, at age 75.

Helen's passion was in her volunteer work. In 2007, she earned an award as "Outstanding County Senior" for her volunteer work in Wabasha County. She continued her volunteer work until 2011. She was active in Mayo Hospice & Respite Care, 22 years; Elder Network, 14 years; Rebecca's/Auxiliary of Odd Fellows Fraternity Lodge, 21 years, as Nobel Grand, Past Nobel Grand and Historian; Plainview Food Shelf, 11 years; Piecemaker's Quilt Club, making quilts and selling raffle tickets for charity, 16 years; and Mayo Civic Auditorium Usher, four years. Helen's hobbies included fishing, hunting, quilting, traveling, scrabble, bingo, cards, bird watching, and gardening.

Survived by her seven children, Linda (Kevin) Kyllo, Zumbrota, Mary Durgin, Melbourne, Fla., Susan (Michael) Moses, Chatfield, Loren (Dawn) Durgin, Joyce, Iowa, Carol (Clifton) Mathison, Zumbro Falls, Nevin (Susan) Durgin, Spring Valley, and Luanne (Michael) Petron, Minnesota City; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; her brother, Loyde (Marilyn) Wilcox, Wabasha.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Raymond and three sisters, Leona Zomok, Josie Mehren, and Lottie Dubke.

A visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, in Plainview, and one hour before a "Celebration of Life Service" on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m., at Peace United Methodist Church, 52497 275th Ave., Plainview/Elgin. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Plainview.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, 10 E Broadway, PO Box 608, Plainview, MN 55964. 507-534-2353.

Guest register may be signed on line at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com

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