The Ottumwa Courier

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October 7, 2013

Helen Houk

BLOOMFIELD — Helen Belle Houk, 97, of Bloomfield, died Oct. 6, 2013, at Davis County Hospital Long Term Care.

She was born Dec. 1, 1915, in Parker, S.D., to Joseph W. and Maggie N. Bly Wells. When she was 5 years old, her mother passed away, and Helen was brought to Davis County to live with an aunt and uncle, Forest and Perle Butcher, near Drakesville for three years.

Helen attended the Buttontown School before moving to Mahaska County, where she attended the Consolidated School at Cedar. She rode to school in a horse-drawn school bus. Later, she moved back to Davis County, attending rural schools and graduating from Bloomfield High School with the class of 1933 and later from Bloomfield Junior College. Helen then taught in a number of rural schools in the county.

On March 25, 1944, Helen was united in marriage with Marion Houk at the minister’s home in Bloomfield. They established their home on a farm 12 miles northeast of Bloomfield. Two children were born to bless this couple, Carolyn and Doran. The family attended worship services at the Bloomfield Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 1970, they moved to Bloomfield. Helen was asked to be custodian of the Bloomfield Christian Church, of which she was a member. This was a position she held for 20 years. She has said that was one of the joys of her life. She and Marion worked together as a labor of love for their church.

Helen loved the church and her Christ who established it. She was found many times reading and studying God’s word and in her humble way trying to live it. She has said “There is no other place I would rather go than to church.” Her favorite Bible verse was Psalms 122:1. “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

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