OBITUARY - HELEN LUCILLE LYDDON ROUDYBUSH
Helen Lucille LYDDON ROUDYBUSH was born January 12, 1922, on a farm two miles south and three quarters of a mile west of
Clearfield, Iowa on the old HARDIN place, to her parents Lee Ellsworth "Elizie" LYDDON and Hazel Grace LYDDON. Born also
to this union was her dear sister, Hilda M. LYDDON DARST.
Helen attended country schools and graduated as salutatorian from Clearfield high school in 1938. She was raised in the
Methodist Church, continued her membership in the church, and was a member of Women's circles throughout her life.
On January 14,1939, Helen was united in marriage to John Earl ROUDYBUSH. To this union were born four children, Betty
Joyce, Cheryl Deanna, Gary Ellsworth and Bonnie Lynne. Helen and Earl raised these children in the Clearfield and Mount
Ayr, Iowa areas where she was a wonderful mother and wife, and was known for her cooking and helpfulness. They lived for
about 50 years on a farm in the "Lesonville" area east of Mount Ayr, until retirement, at which time Earl and Helen moved
into Mount Ayr.
Helen struggled through Parkinson's Disease for about 18 years. She passed away at Mount Ayr Health Care Center on
November 16,1999, at the age of 77 years, 10 months and four days.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Betty, sisters-in-law, Ruth ROUDYBUSH and Ruth HALEY.
Left to cherish
her memory are her husband, Earl; daughter, Deanna CAMPBELL of Decatur, Iowa; son, Gary and wife Kris of Mount Ayr;
daughter, Bonnie and husband Mike SHIMER of Bedford, Iowa; sister, Hilda and husband James DARST of Clearfield;
brother-in-law Burl ROUDYBUSH and families of Muscatine; brother-in-law Harry HALEY and families of Afton; grandchildren,
Brian, Julie and Kevin ROUDYBUSH of Mount Ayr, Neil SHIMER of Des Moines, and Jaclyn SHIMER of Bedford; and several aunts,
uncles, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services were at the United Methodist Church of Mount Ayr on Friday, November 19, 1999 with Reverend Michael DRUHL
officiating. Musicians were Debbie CANNON, Mary WEBB and Margaret BICKERS. Casketbearers were Brian ROUDYBUSH, Kevin
ROUDYBUSH, Neil SHIMER, Jerry HALEY, R. B. DAVENPORT and Raymond HENSLEY. Honorary pallbearers were Julie ROUDYBUSH and
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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