Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 15, 2007
OBITUARY - HELEN IONA (DUGAN) MERCER
Helen Iona (DUGAN) MERCER was born September 13, 1914 to Earl & Anna (SNETHEN) DUGAN in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Helen departed
this life on February 7, 2007 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.
Helen graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1932 and was a rural school teacher in Liberty Township. On May 9,
1936 she was united in marriage to Edwin C. MERCER in Des Moines, Iowa. To this union was born 2 daughters, Janice
Elaine and Mary Jane. When her girls were growing up, she was a Sunday school teacher, Campfire Girl’s leader and an
officer in Band Mothers. Helen was a long time member of the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, joining in 1934 of
Modern Mothers Club as well as the Women’s Society at the Christian Church. Gray Ladies, Ringgold County Hospital
Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary.. She volunteered at the Blood bank for many years and was a volunteer
at Clearview Nursing Home until she moved to Clearview Estates in October of 2004. She made many quilts and afghans
for her daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and others.
She lived her entire life in Ringgold County. For 15 years, she and her husband Edwin spent the winters months in
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband Edwin in 1992; and infant brother LeRoy Harber; and an infant
grandson Jay Allen FINK.
Helen is survived by her 2 daughters Janice FINK of Glendale, AZ and Mary Jane SICKELS & husband Alvin of Branson,
MO; grandchildren Robin TOURVILLE & husband Darren of Ozark, MO, Amy CHENGALARAN & husband Vereen of Gilbert AZ,
Mark SICKELS of Indianola, Leslie SOYER & husband Adam of Norwalk, IA, Emily SCHARBROUGH & husband Fred of Branson,
MO; 9 great grandchildren Justin PEPPMEIER, Makenna & Madison TOURVILLE, Jacob, Jared, & Jessica SICKELS, Alex SOYER,
Kyle & Kaden SCHARBROUGH.
Services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 10, 2007 from Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr,
Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Monday, February 12, 2007
OBITUARY - HELEN (DUGAN) MERCER
Helen MERCER, 92, of Mount Ayr died February 7, 2007, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr.
The Rev. Ed SHIELDS will officiate the service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr. Visitation will be 6:30
to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mount Ayr. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa and Clearview Home
in Mount Ayr. Online condolences may be left at: www.watsonarmstrongfh.com
Helen MERCER, daughter of Anna (SNETHEN) and Earl DUGAN, was born Sept. 13, 1914, at Mount Ayr. She graduated from Mount
Ayr High School in 1932. On May 9, 1936, Helen married Edwin MERCER in Des Moines. She was a homemaker and member of the
First Christian Church and American Legion Auxiliary, both in Mount Ayr.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane (husband Alvin) SICKELS of Branson, Mo., and Janice FINK of Glendale, Ariz.; five
grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1992, an infant
brother and infant grandson Jay Allan FINK.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009