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Helen L. Townsend

May 20, 1928 June 23, 2020
Helen L. Townsend
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Obituary for Helen L. Townsend

Helen Leora Townsend, age 92, died peacefully at her home in Council Bluffs, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Helen was born at home in Long Island, KS., on May 20, 1928, to the late Albert and Alma Godfrey. She was the second of five children and grew up on a farm during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. She graduated from Long Island High School in 1946 and attended Brown-Mackie School of Business in Salina, KS. Upon graduating, she worked as an assistant to the Program Director at KSAL radio station. Much of the remainder of her working life, she was an Abstractor and retired from Abstract Guaranty in Council Bluffs.
Helen married Duane O. Townsend on November 1, 1947, in Phillipsburg, KS. During their life's journey they lived in Kansas, Missouri, and Indiana before settling down in Council Bluffs in 1963. They enjoyed square dancing, playing cards with friends and spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Helen was an active member of Salem United Methodist Church, and volunteered regularly at Sequels Thrift Store. Her greatest passion was in the kitchen making and baking wonderful meals and treats for her friends and family.

In addition to her parents, Helen is preceded in death by her two sisters and her brother.

She is survived by her husband of nearly seventy-three years, Duane; daughter Linda Kingery of Council Bluffs; son Brian Townsend and spouse Tammy of Henderson, Nevada; a sister; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Visitation

Friday

26

Jun

5:00 PM 6/26/2020 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/26/2020 7:00:00 PM
Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory

545 Willow Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory
545 Willow Avenue Council Bluffs 51503 IA
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

27

Jun

10:00 AM 6/27/2020 10:00:00 AM
Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory

545 Willow Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory
545 Willow Avenue Council Bluffs 51503 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Salem United Methodist Church

14955 Somerset Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
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