|Helen M. Slavens|
|September 21, 1922 - February 26, 2012|
|Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin|
|Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 03, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 03, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Saturday March 03, 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. |
|Helen Lucille (McDowell) Slavens, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, formerly of Rock Island, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay.|
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be at 10 am until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Charitable donations can be made in Helen’s name to Quad City Paws, an animal protection and welfare agency at 4001- 78th Avenue Moline, Illinois 61265.
Helen McDowell was born to John and Lucille (Wigton) McDowell on September 21, 1922, in Ames, Iowa. While attending Iowa State University, she met and married Wayne E. Slavens of Des Moines, Iowa, who was also a student. They lived in Seattle, Washington, Omaha, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa, until moving to Moline, Illinois in 1963. In 2002, they made their residence at Friendship Manor, Rock Island. Last June, after the death of her husband, Helen moved to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to be closer to her children.
Helen’s first love was her family. She was quite involved in her children’s school activities and the PTA. Her faith was nurtured though out the years serving on a variety of committee’s and participating in Circle activities at Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island. She was an accomplished china painter and porcelain doll painter.
Helen will be remembered for the love she gave to her husband and children, her generosity and kindness towards others, her thoughtfulness, and her keen ability to listen to the plight of others.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Mark (Kathy) Slavens of Spooner, Wisconsin, and Candace (Gerald) Worrick of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Carissa Anne (Brad) Higley and Michael Worrick; sister, Phyllis Williams, Oceanside, California; and also her special friend, Carlene Dilley. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers
Helen’s family extends their special thanks to Dr. Kelton Reitz and the Skilled Nursing Unit at Ministry Door County Medical Center of Sturgeon Bay for all of their kindness and loving care afforded Helen.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com
My deepest sympathy to Helen's family. I knew Helen and Wayne from church and visited them when they were at Friendship Manor. They both will be always missed. from Dottie Nelson
-- Dottie Nelson
Helen was a lovely, dear lady. I remember organizing a 'Revival' program at Memorial Christian Church, and asked Wayne to portray Rev. Hooe in a skit I wrote for the occasion. I don't know who was more excited Helen or myself that he agreed to do it, and he did it wonderfully well, I might add. They will both be dearly missed.
-- Linda Swartz
We missed your mother after she left Friendship Manor. She was a very gracious woman. We know that a big void is now in your life, but she would want you to live it to your fullest by sharing her beliefs with others. We will keep your family in our prayers
-- Ellen and Norma Johnson
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman who was always so kind to me. She always seemed to look for the best in people. What a classy lady!I pray that your happy memories may bring you comfort in this difficult time.
-- Kathy McCabe
Helen and I shared Dairy Queen treats together. She was so lovely and fun. I will miss her. Pat Hawley
-- Pat Hawley
Our sympathy to the family on the passing of this cherished woman. Having just lost our 93+ year old mother-in-law/mother one month ago, we recognize the bittersweet feelings that come after such long lives end. May many great memories comfort you at this time.
Brian and Joan Wake
-- Joan Wake
I AM SORRY TO HEAR OF THE RECENT LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER, SHE WILL SURELY BE MISSED. MAY YOUR MEMORYS HELP YOU THROUGH THIS TIME.
-- GENIE NULLE
SO SORRY TO HERE ABOUT YOUR MOTHER PASSING. MAY YOUR WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF HER BRING YOU PEACE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. YOUR IN MY THOUGHTS.
-- KELLY HOWARD
So sorry to just hear of the passing of your mom. What a great lady she was.
-- KAYLEEN ANDERSON