Helen Bernice Warden, 84, passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at MercyOne Senior Care in Dyersville.
Helen was born July 28, 1938, in Delhi, to Wesley and Nellie (Turner) Neal, the fifth of seven children. She attended school in Masonville and Winthrop. Helen was married three times to George Blake, Don Flannery and Jim Warden.
During her life, Helen held a variety of jobs, working mostly as a nursing assistant. Helen moved around the country, residing in Iowa, Florida, Oklahoma, Nevada and California; finally returning to Iowa. Upon her return, Helen lived for a time in Hopkinton and Manchester. She became an active volunteer in the communities she lived, including being honored with a 2006 Volunteer Award by the Iowa Hospice Organization while living in Hopkinton.
She had a lifelong love of reading and doing cross word puzzles and was never without her stash of candy. She loved to be outdoors and enjoyed traveling with her third husband, Jim Warden, in an RV. Helen was a fan of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and spoke often of meeting him at the Roy Rogers Museum in Victorville, Cal., having a picture with Roy to prove it. Later in life, she became interested in family genealogy and history.
Helen is survived by her children: son, John Boughton of Webster City, daughters, Cindi Blake of Bradenton, Fla., Karla Alvarez Linn, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Terri Bey of Hampton, Ga. and Donna Kalinowski of Sparks, Nev.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Rose Neal of St. Catherine, Janice Neal of Ankeny, Lois Neal of Cocoa Beach, Fla. and many nieces, and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Howard, Harold, Burdett and Walter and sisters, Grace Frommelt and Greta Thomas.
The family wants to express their gratitude for the excellent care given Helen by the team members of Mercy One Senior Care over the last seven years, who took Helen into their hearts and adopted her into their family.
No services are planned at this time.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com or send cards to Kramer Funeral Home, c/o Helen Warden family, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa 52040.