Helen B. Durgin, 88
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 3:19 AM
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 position, 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)
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Raymond and three
sisters, Leona Zomok, Josie Mehren and Lottie Dubke.
Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, in Plainview is assisting
the family with a "Celebration of Life Service" to be held at Peace United
Methodist Church in Plainview. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in
Guest register may be signed on line at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com.