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October 5, 2006

(10/7/1902 9/25/2006)

Helen Modena Kutzner was born October 7, 1902 in the territory of Oklahoma, which later became Kremlin, Garfield County, OK. She was the third child and first daughter born to Walter Lawrence and Mary Helena (Luman) Kutzner.

Helen was married to Glen Allen Chambers, son of Felix A. and Isabelle Helmick Chambers on October 17, 1920 in Scotland County, MO. The young couple set up housekeeping on the farm owned by her husband. They were parents of four daughters, Verlee (Mrs. Harley W. Dauma) of Memphis, Marjorie, (Mrs. Lemuel Hatfield) of Springfield, MO, Virginia (Mrs. Clarence Woods) of Memphis, Glenna, (Mrs. John Tolliver) of St. Peters, MO and an adopted son, Robert Chambers of St. Louis, MO.

Helen passed away at the Scotland County Care Center, September 25, 2006, where she had been a resident for a number of years at the age of 103 years, 11 months, and twenty-five days.

Helen had accepted Christ as her Savior when young and was a faithful follower all her life. She was a member of the Gorin Methodist Church and a Sunday School teacher for many years until her health failed. She loved the little children in her Sunday School class, and taught them the love of Christ. She was a tireless worker in her church and always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed help. She was a firm believer in a good education, and had for several years been responsible for deserving young people in the area to receive scholarship funds to help with college expenses from the Chambers family.

Helen was a lover of flowers and always grew many beautiful flowers. She was active in 4-H club work; a charter member of the Cedar Grove Sewing Club and was the only original member yet living prior to her death. She was a member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Helen was married to Glen for forty-five years before he passed away August 9, 1965.

She is survived by her four daughters and adopted son; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Her one remaining sister, Estalene Kutzner Kugler, a resident of the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers, George L., Paul N., and L. Vane Kutzner, and six sisters, Irene Kutzner Manka, Faye Kutzner See, Thelma Kutzner Keiser, Evon Kutzner Howe, Dorothy Kutzner Bendlage and Grace Kutzner Cameron who died in June of this year. There were also three brothers who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held September 29, 2006 at the Gorin Methodist Church. Reverend Ilene Howell officiated. Musicians were Theresa Sears, organist, and Danielle Bair, soloist. The eulogy was given by Steve Dauma.

Honorary bearers were Wesley Heckethorn, Harley Dauma, John Tolliver, Ivan Woods, Lemuel Hatfield, Edward Heckethorn. Grandchildren serving as bearers were Kenneth Dauma, Steve Dauma, Jon Dauma, Eugene Hatfield, Alan Hatfield and Robert Chambers.

Interment was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Gorin, MO.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home of Edina, MO.

Memorials in memory of Helen Modena Kutzner Chambers may be made to the Gorin Methodist Church or the Scotland County Care Center. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.

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