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 Helen Elizabeth <I>Kohrs</I> Griffiths

Helen Elizabeth Kohrs Griffiths

Birth
Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Death 4 May 2013 (aged 93)
Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA
Burial Vernon, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 110175974 · View Source
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Helen Elizabeth Griffiths, 93, of Keosauqua, died May 4, 2013, in the Van Buren County Hospital at Keosauqua. She was born November 29, 1919, in Burlington to Henry Oethken and Eda Lohmann Kohrs. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1937 and from the University of Iowa in 1941 and married David Lee Griffiths on June 13, 1943, at Oak Street Baptist Church in Burlington. She taught at Keosauqua High School and Burlington High School and substituted for many years at Van Buren High School. She and David owned and operated their own farm southeast of Keosauqua until they retired in 1987 and moved to town. She was a member of Center Chapel United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star, past Worthy Matron of Lynds Chapter, Keosauqua, now a member of Twin City Chapter, Douds and Past Grand Chaplain of Iowa, O.E.S. She was a member of Alpha Delphian Club; Chapter I,P.E.O.; Van Buren Retired School Personnel; Cut-Up Quilt Club; a member of the Country Lanes Apartments Board; Past District Chairman of Farm Bureau Women; Merit Mother of Iowa(1984); was recipient of Governor's Volunteer Award; and Rainbow Grand Cross of Color; was Past President of Keosauqua Mothers Club; Chapter BY, T.T.T. Society; and Center Chapel United Methodist Women; Past Ottumwa District U.M.W. Officer; was a former Cub Scout Den Mother; and had served as 4-H Girls' Leader and as 4-H County Chairman. She sewed for many years for Christmas for Kids.

She is survived by her son, Gary L. Griffiths and wife, Betty of Lewisville, TX, granddaughters, Deborah Flitner and husband, Joseph of Tempe, Arizona and Sheryl Barrow and husband, Carey of Mableton, GA, a sister, Dorothy Kuepper of Sarasota, FL, a nephew, cousins and other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm Wednesday May 8, 2013 in Center Chapel United Methodist Church, Southeast of Keosauqua, Rev. Douglas Harding officiating. Burial will be in Center Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will open at 2 pm Tuesday at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, with family present 5-7 pm followed by Eastern Star service by Twin City Chapter. Memorials to Center Chapel United Methodist Church, Keosauqua Public Library or donor's choice.


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  • Created by: Donald Bitner
  • Added: 7 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110175974
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Elizabeth Kohrs Griffiths (29 Nov 1919–4 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110175974, citing Center Chapel Cemetery, Vernon, Van Buren County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Donald Bitner (contributor 47187466) .