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Helen Lucile Folkerts

Helen Lucile Folkerts Helen Lucile (Cazier) Folkerts, 90, went to be with her Savior August 25, 2017, at Autumn Hills in Riley, KS. She was born August 6, 1927, at Christ’s Hospital, now Stormont Vail Hospital, in Topeka, KS, to Joseph Russell (J.R.) and Ruth (Dickson) Cazier. Her kind, compassionate, loving, servant heart will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Growing up on a farm SW of Topeka, she attended Waveland Grade School and Washburn Rural High School, graduating with honors, and she was active in 4-H. She graduated from Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, now Kansas State University, in 1950, majoring in Home Economics and Secondary Education. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship in 1949 and was a member of Mortar Board.

Having met on a blind date, she married Donald H. Folkerts on August 6, 1950, at the Danforth Chapel on the K-State campus.

She taught Home Economics at Eureka, KS, for two years before starting her family. Having been a stay-at-home mother for 18 years, she resumed teaching Home Economics at Scandia High School in Scandia, KS, from 1969 until 1976. During her working years, she was also employed at a variety of other jobs to help support her family. She ended her working years as a paraprofessional for the school psychologist in Elkhart, KS, retiring in 1990.

She cherished her loving husband, family, and her Lord and Savior. Her greatest joy was raising her family and spending time with them. She immensely enjoyed sewing and had a sewing business for awhile. She also had a knack for cooking, baking, flower gardening, and landscaping. Other interests included camping, traveling, and watching KSU sports, especially football and girls’ basketball. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Manhattan where she attended Sunday school, was a member of the Guild and Naomi Ruth Circle, served as a greeter, delivered Meals on Wheels, and made quilts for Lutheran World Relief. In addition, she had been a 4-H sewing leader and a member of an Extension Homemakers Unit (E.H.U.)

Survivors include three daughters, Deanna (Charlie) Swank of Ellinwood, KS, Denise (Craig) Wilson of Emporia, KS, and Donita (Don) O’Hearn of Columbus, NC; two sons, Daryl ( Debbie) Folkerts of Manhattan, KS, and Darwin (Debbie) Folkerts of McKinney, TX; eight grandchildren, Tanner Swank, Jeremy (Nicole) Wilson, Michael, Connor, and Ryan O’Hearn, and Chase (Nicole), Max (Lynn), and Tessa White; two great-grandchildren, Millie Wilson and Aspyn White; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband on May 19, 2008; her parents; two brothers, Byron Cazier and Wendell Cazier; a sister, Rosalie Bearce; and a nephew, Michael Patterson.

Please join the family to celebrate Helen’s life with a visitation at 10:00 a.m. and a memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30th at First Lutheran Church, 930 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS. A graveside service will be at Peace Lutheran Church, RR 1, Albert, KS, on Thursday, August 31st at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, First Lutheran Church, Autumn Hills, or the Kansas Society for Children with Challenges in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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