Helen Farrow

ELMORE – A funeral service for Helen Farrow, 107, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Elmore, will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Elmore United Methodist Church in Elmore, Minn.

Helen passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at her home with family by her side. Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.

Helen Joyce Farrow was born Jan. 23, 1906, in Elmore, Minn., 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, Minn., 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, Minn., to live with her sister Alice Farrow. In 2001, she moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa, to live with her niece, Pat Larson. Helen enjoyed gardening, counted cross stitch, reading and writing letters.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Everett (Murph) Farrow; parents, John and Bessie (Ripley) Krosch; brothers, Mark, Harold and John Krosch; sisters, Alice Farrow and Marjorie Dickman.

Helen is survived by her nephews, Al (Muriel) Krosch, Duane (Delores) Krosch, Richard (Mary) Krosch, Leon (Joyce) Farrow, Ted (Nelda) Dickman; and 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.

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