KOOSHAREM - Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, Helen Deon Anderson DeLange Harmer, age 96, died Feb. 17, 2011 in Ferron. She was born April 27, 1914 in Vermillion, a daughter of Willard Alvin and Mary Mateah Hansen Anderson. She attended schools in both Richfield and Koosharem. She married Merrill Ferron DeLange, Aug. 23, 1932 in Richfield. He died Aug. 13, 1937. She later married William Reynolds Harmer, May 11, 1962 in Springville. He died April 2, 1997.
Helen sewed parachutes in Manti during World War II. She put herself through nursing school and worked as an LPN at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, retiring after many years of service. She taught oil painting classes at the Senior Citizens Center in Springville. She enjoyed oil painting, cooking, especially making the best pies in the world, sewing for her grandchildren and quilting, singing and dancing, gardening, and was a good friend to many, but most of all she loved her family.
She was an active member of the LDS church, faithfully serving in all her callings. She served as a temple worker for several years and was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
She is survived by her two sons, Merrill A. and Arlene DeLange, Waleska, Ga; Mahlon (Lon) Ferron and Rosemary DeLange, Clawson; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters: Charles LaCoy and Vaunda Anderson; Warren and Lottie Anderson; Mack Anderson, Jess Anderson; Alene and Dan Beckstead; Grace and Avard Ottoson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at noon in the Springer Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 260 N. 400 W. in Richfield, where friends may call for viewing Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the services. There will be a pot-luck lunch immediately following the funeral at the Richfield Seventh LDS Ward Cultural Hall, 159 N. 400 W. in Richfield.
Graveside services and burial will be Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the Koosharem Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina.