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Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
5:00 - 8:00pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines


Thursday, September 14, 2017
1:00 pm
Ft. Des Moines Open Bible Church
1116 Army Post Road
Des Moines


Chapel Hill Cemetery
Des Moines


Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Mary Helen Heller

Mary Helen Heller, 77, of Des Moines, peacefully went into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Mary was born on January 22, 1940 in Coffey, Missouri to Gertrude (O’Connor) and Henry Leih.

Mary enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing with her family and friends. She loved serving her Lord. Most of all she cherished time loving on her family.

Those left to treasure her loving memory are her husband, Thomas; children, Susan (Doug) Kingsbury, Elizabeth Heller, Blaine (Roxanne) Heller, Thomas (Debra) Heller; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, LaVaughn (Robert) Hudson and Karma (Gary) Nelson; and many other loving family and beloved friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Harry Cunningham; brother, Edward Leih and sister, Phyllis Gall.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Ft. Des Moines Open Bible Church, 1116 Army Post Road. She will be laid to rest following the service at Chapel Hill Cemetery on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Mary.

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