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)

Wilcox, Wabasha.

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.