Spirit Lake, Iowa Funeral Services for Helen Farrow, age 107, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, were held March 23, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Elmore.
Mrs. Farrow passed away March 16, 2013, at her home in Spirit Lake.
Helen Joyce Farrow was born Jan. 23, 1906, in Elmore, to Bessie Ripley and John H. Krosch. She was raised and educated in Elmore, graduating from Elmore High School in 1924. Following high school, Helen attended Mankato State Teacher's College in Mankato, where she obtained her teacher's certificate.
Helen was united in marriage to Everett "Murph" Farrow on Nov. 27, 1926. They made their home in Elmore, where Helen taught at the Elmore Country School for a short time. She then began her career as a dental assistant and bookkeeper for Dr. Mohn and then for Dr. Pat Morgan until she retired in 1984 at 78 years of age.
Upon retirement, Helen moved to Blue Earth to live with her sister, Alice Farrow. In 2001, she moved to Spirit Lake to live with her niece, Pat Larson.
Helen enjoyed gardening, counted cross stitch, reading and writing letters.
On March 16, 2013, at the age of 107, Helen passed away at home with her family by her side.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Everett (Murph) Farrow; parents, John and Bessie (Ripley) Krosch; brothers, Mark, Harold and John Krosch; and sisters, Alice Farrow and Marjorie Dickman.
Helen is survived by her nephews, Al (Muriel) Krosch, Duane (Delores) Krosch, Richard (Mary) Krosch, Leon (Joyce) Farrow, and Ted (Nelda) Dickman; nieces, Pat Larson, Audrey Looft, Allaire Jutting, Loraine (Jim) Pirie, Joan Holom, Lillian (Ram) Mittal, Leota (Greg) Brucker, Mary (Patrick) Rockhill, Nola Krosch, and Avis Hobbs.
Although Helen didn't have children of her own, her heart of gold and caring touch was such that her nieces and nephews considered her as their grandma instead of just their aunt, great-aunt, or great-great-aunt.
Turner Jenness Funeral Home of Spirit Lake was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to turnerfuneralhomes.com