Helena Mae Russell was born in Des Moines on March 24, 1946, to Charles Love and Minnie Love (Reece). She grew up in the Southside bottoms and graduated from East High School in 1964. Helena spent many years working at Woolco (Denver, CO) in her younger years. She worked part-time at Dixie's Furniture & Gifts for several years, in conjunction with giving 23 years as the manager to Dolly Madison Bakery in north Des Moines until they closed in 2001. She retired from Prairie Meadows working as a cage cashier. She returned seasonally after retirement working in pari-mutuels for horse racing season. She loved her friends and family. She showed her love through cooking, listening un-judgmentally, giving the best (blunt) advice, and calling you the wrong name three different times and ending with, "…whoever you are."

Helena was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Richard Love and Daniel Love, and her lifelong best friend Dixie Bailey. She is survived by her brother Larry Love, children Richelle (Travis) Goodwin (a.k.a. Rikki Russell) of Des Moines, Tim (Michelle) Russell of Clear Lake, grandchildren Brandy (Mike VanMeer) Schnathorst, Brandon Angus, Breanne Angus, Courtney Russell, Austin Russell, great-grandchildren Brian Schnathorst, Niahna Schnathorst, Ian Schnathorst, Amira Angus and many other family and friends.

Services will be held at Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church (13013 Scotch Ridge Road, Carlisle, Iowa 50047) on Saturday, April 13th at 4 PM. Fellowship to follow on site.

Service Details

Saturday, April 13, 2019
4:00 pm
Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church
13013 Scotch Ridge Road
Carlisle, Iowa 50047
Cremation prior to service
Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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