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Helen Marie Ericksen Bruce
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Helen Marie Bruce (June 11, 1929 - July 28, 2009) Helen Marie Bruce, 80, of Redfield, SD, passed away peacefully with her lovingdaughter at her side Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at her home in Redfield. Her funeralwill be Friday, July 31, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield.Pastor Lorah Houser-Jankord will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery inRedfield. Visitation will be Thursday from 1-8:00 p.m. with the family present from5-7:00 p.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield. Helen, also lovingly known as Eric in her early years, was born June 11, 1929 to Dr.O'Charles and Mary (Hawkinson) Ericksen in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from SiouxFalls Washington High School and the University of South Dakota, in 1951, with aBachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.Helen met her loving husband, Donald Bruce, while they were both attending school atUSD. They were married August 18, 1951 and bought their first home in Hurley, SD.Helen settled in as a teacher and coach's wife and started their family. Helenfondly remembered these years as some of the best years of her life. Helen and Donmoved their family to Sioux Falls where Don coached at Augustana College. They laterstarted a sporting goods store called Sports Incorporated. The family then moved toPortland, OR where Don worked as a stockbroker for E & Adams Brokerage. It wasalways Helen's desire to return back to South Dakota to be closer to family. Theyfinally settled in Redfield and purchased the Prairie Lounge. Helen was employed theState of South Dakota as a Child Welfare Specialist, after graduating from college,but was content to stay at home and raise her family. She returned to the work forceas a CNA and later as a social worker at Community Memorial Hospital. Helen was an avid Chicago Cubs Baseball fan and followed them through the good andbad years, never giving up hope of a return to the World Series. Thanks tointerleague play, Helen was able to see her beloved Cubs at the Metrodome. InHelen's later years she developed quite a green thumb and took great pride in herbeautiful garden and flowers. She spent many hours rocking in her chair justenjoying the peace and beauty of her back yard. Helen had a deep love for readingand would lose herself in a good book each evening. She was a regular at theCarnegie Library and was thrilled with the new addition. Helen loved the simple things in life and was the happiest spending time with herfamily and beloved little dog, Kasie. Helen had a kind and gentle spirit and a deepfaith in our Lord and will be missed by her family and friends. Grateful to have shared in Helen's life are her children: Don Jr. of Mobridge, SD;Carol (David) Hardie of Redfield; Jan (David) Lawrence of Mobridge, SD; and Jim(Gretchen) Bruce of Apple Valley, MN; her grandchildren: Shane (Jamie) Hardie,Cameron Lawrence, Currin Lawrence, Carson Hardie, Hannah Lawrence, Sarah Lawrence,Colin Bruce, and her great grandchildren: Jacob Hardie and Layla Hardie. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don, her daughter Mary Helenand son-in-law Kraig and two brothers: Charles and Dean.
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