Helen E. Moeller
October 13, 1921 - July 25, 2010

 


           Helen Elaine Maillie Moeller was born on October 13, 1921 in Oelwein, Iowa, the daughter of James T. and Alice (Barker) Maillie. She graduated from Oelwein High School and attended Grinnell College in Iowa.  She was married to Lester Moeller on June 19, 1943, in the YMCA chapel of Texas A & M at College Station, Texas.  She and her husband reared their family in Iowa and then moved to Rogers, Arkansas in 1983.  In 1993 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends.  In 2001 they returned to Iowa where they lived at the Gernand Center in Strawberry Point.

            Helen cherished her family and was a devoted wife, mother and friend.  In her lifetime of writing she was a prolific letter-writer.

            Her book, Tornado, My Experience with Mental Illness, was published by Fleming Revell in 1967 and by Arthur James, Ltd., London, in 1968.  It earned for her the Biennial Award of the National League of American Pen Women.  A copy of the book was placed in the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress.  The original manuscript is in the Oelwein Public Library.  Her inspirational articles appeared in Lutheran, American Baptist, Catholic and non-denominational periodicals, as well as in Christian Parent and Christian Life magazines.  Her writing credits include three unpublished novels and her most recent works, The Best of All Trips, a Celebration of Life and Living With Pain.  Helen was listed in Contemporary Authors, The Writers Directory, and Who’s Who of American Women

For many years she and her family were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  Helen held various positions for several organizations over the years including past president, NE Iowa Branch of the National League of American Pen Women; Readlyn reporter for Oelwein Register in 1955; A Look at a Book, Oelwein Register, 1956; Belles for Freedom, Farm Bureau Spokesman; Member Mayor Louis Luneburg’s original Youth Guidance Council; Church secretary, Zion Lutheran, Oelwein; Secretary, Moeller Construction, Oelwein; chairman, Oelwein Very Special Arts Festival; co-chairman, Fayette County Very Special Arts Festival; Editor/Writer, Fayette County Bicentennial History, Out of the Midwest, A Portrait; and past president, NW Arkansas Branch, National League of American Pen Women.

            She is survived by two sons; James of Stanley, Iowa and Larry of Sacramento, California; four daughters; Jeanne Muchow of Henderson, Nevada, Patricia Hunsberger of Elgin, Iowa, JoAnne Moeller Andersen of Montpelier, North Dakota and Barbara Phelps of Winfeld, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Miriam Ryan of Marion, Iowa; a brother, N. Alan (Fran) Scott of Oceanside, California; two sisters-in-law, Faye Maillie of Columbia, South Carolina and Marldine Moeller of Waverley; and several nieces and nephews.

           

Memorials may be sent to the Moeller Memorial Fund, Oelwein Public Library, Oelwein, Iowa.

 

SERVICES:   11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein, Iowa with Rev. Charis Combs-Lay officiating.  Burial at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in rural Hazleton.

 

VISITATION:  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 also at Zion Lutheran Church, Oelwein.

 

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Jodie Theobald on August 5, 2010 at 7:16 PM said:

Pat and family, I am just catching up with emails as we head home from vacation. Mary Fobian had sent an email with a link to your mother's obituary. She sounds like a very interesting woman. I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you.
Jodie
Sheryl Gosse on July 31, 2010 at 7:09 PM said:

Pat & family:Thanks for sharing such a beautiful service & rememberance on your mom, her music & her writings at the service today. Everyone whom I spoke with was amazed of the wonderful tribute by all family members, including Jim's speech, verses read by the great grandkids, words spoken by Jo along w/another grandchild who's also a minister & the musical arrangements. I'd forgotten all the talents carried thru all family members. Am sure you will all continue to carry on those traditions w/wonderful memories of your parents. Blessings to each one of you & it was great visiting with each of you prior to the service. Keep in touch always. Also as a reminder, per your request, remember to remind EACH family member to read these online condolences.
Marsha Lehs on July 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM said:

Our whole family is sad to hear of your loss. We were neighbors near Stanley and I remember your mom's book. She had so much talent and drive! Although we've all gone different directions, I feel like we'll have that Stanley connection forever. I hope to make it to the visitation.
Marsha Lehs on July 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM said:

Our whole family is sad to hear fo you loss. We were neighbors near Stanley and I remember your mom's book. She had so much talent and drive! Although we've all gone different directions, I feel like we'll have that Stanley connection forever. I hope to make it to the visitation.
Burke and Dixie Miller on July 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM said:

Losing a parent is never easy. Patty and Larry you have our heartfelt sympathies. Our prayers will be with you Saturday as you give tribute to your mom for a wonderful, full life that touched many others. God be with you. Please read I Peter 1:3-6. My daughter read this a few weeks ago for Burke's mom's service.
Blessings to you all, Burke and Dixie Miller
Arlene Michels Ullrich on July 30, 2010 at 6:14 AM said:

You and your family are in my prayers, during this time and
may God bless you with the knowledge that she is in a better place.
Miles and Barb Gardner on July 28, 2010 at 6:35 PM said:

I loved working with you mom on the history of Fayette County and Miles often invokes the names of both of your parents in fondness. Peace.
Jane Beckner Andresano on July 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM said:

I am very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of your mother and father as a child. Blessings to all.
Marilyn Roepke Braaten on July 28, 2010 at 6:01 PM said:

My prayers are with you and your family. I'm glad I had that little time a few years ago to visit with her. She certainly lives on in the strengths she has passed on to all of you.
God's peace be with all.
Connie R. Stoddard Short on July 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM said:

Jim and Alice: My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Lori Peterman Powelson on July 28, 2010 at 9:31 AM said:

I'm sorry for loss I can feel some of your pain I just lost my Dad June 1st 2010. One day at a time.God bless.
Pat Stammeyer on July 28, 2010 at 6:23 AM said:

What a dedicated women, mother and community leader.We will keep you all in our prayers.
Martha Engert on July 28, 2010 at 6:04 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
I knew your mother at the Gernand Center. She was always a joy to talk to and she will surely be missed by many people at the center.
I hadn't seen Helen since I no longer worked at the center the past two years. But I thought of her often.
Your memories will be special.
Phyllis (Trower) Decker on July 28, 2010 at 6:04 AM said:

Patty--I'm so sorry for your loss. Like Linda, I too remember your mother's book and most of all I remember her. It seems like only yesterday I was at your house visiting with her in the kitchen. My prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless You.
Linda Givens Ranck on July 28, 2010 at 5:27 AM said:

Patty, thinking of you during this difficult time of loss, and remembering our childhood in Stanley. As I read your mother's obituary, I thought how brave she was to write about mental illness. I am sure it has helped many, as there is still much for our society to learn and accept. It sounds as though she used her gifts and talents well, and earned the respect of many. Still, nothing can be a greater blessing than family. Prayers for the family. Linda
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