In Memory of Helen Mary Bettin

Helen Mary Bettin
Helen Mary Bettin
Born: August 22, 1919
Died: March 3, 2020
Age: 100
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Helen Mary Bettin
August 22, 1919 - March 3, 2020
From: Wall Lake, IA

Helen Mary Bettin, age 100, of Wall Lake, Iowa (formerly of Odebolt, Iowa) passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Twilight Acres of Wall Lake, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. David Viggers will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2020, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

   Helen was born to Albert Fluehr and Lorena Gosch-Fluehr, on August 22, 1919, in Lake View, Iowa. Her mother Lorena was a professional seamstress and her father Albert owned a clothing store called “Albert’s Clothing Store” in Lake View. After five years in Lake View, the family relocated to Beatrice, Nebraska. While in Beatrice, Helen enjoyed playing her violin in the orchestra and attending school. At the tender age of 14, Helen’s mother, Lorena passed away at the age of 42 and shortly after her father Albert left. Helen along with her sister Betty Mae went to live with their Grandma Fluehr in Odebolt.

   While living in Odebolt, Helen rented a room from a family in town. She worked at the local grocery store to earn money to continue her education through her junior and senior year. Helen was the Vice President of her class and graduated as an honor student with the class 1936 from Odebolt High School.

   After graduation, Helen had planned on teaching country school, however married teachers were not allowed to teach and she had met her sweetheart Earl Bettin, who had asked her to marry him. The couple were united in marriage on March 30, 1937, in Odebolt. The couple made their home on a farm south of Early, Iowa and were blessed with two children, David Earl and Sally Kay. 

   Helen became a farm wife and homemaker, but being raised in town she was grateful to Earl’s mother Molly who took her under her wing. She would serve numerous meals to hired men never knowing how many were coming, but she always managed to have enough for everyone.  In 1980, the couple moved to town across the street from Trinity Lutheran Church in Odebolt.

   Helen and Earl enjoyed wintering in Mesa, Arizona. She liked playing golf, swimming, dancing, playing cards, reading, movies, church activities and shooting a game of pool. Helen and Earl cherished 58 years together before Earls passing in 1994.

   Helen’s greatest treasure in life was her family. She relished in every moment spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Helen had the joy of teaching many of them how to swim and play golf. Helen’s favorite advise was, “Today is a gift that’s why we call it the present.” 

   Survivors include her daughter Sally and husband Brent Morrison of Ames, IA; grandchildren: Stacey (Sean) Baenen of San Francisco, CA, Amy (Rob) Baldus of Farmington, MN, James Dustin Morrison of Des Moines, IA, Tal (Linda) Bettin and Dena Bettin both of Odebolt, IA; 16 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; extended family and friends.

   Helen was preceded in death by her husband Earl J. Bettin; son David Bettin; grandson Jay Bettin, sister Betty Mae Carstensen and by her parents.  




10:30 a.m., Tuesday
March 10, 2020
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. David Viggers


Tal Bettin
Dustin Morrison
Rob Baldus
Dylan Bettin
Tyson Bettin
Justin Bettin
Austin Bettin
Sean Baenen


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 9, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


"Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
"Be Still My Soul"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:07 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Helen's passing. I have such great memories of when she and Earl came to visit our family.”
- Yvonne Fluehr
Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9:40 AM
“Dear Sally, Our parents (Myra and Russ Kroeger) thought so much of your family and I had the privilege of meeting her at Twilight Acres when Dad was there. Our condolences. Mike and Sue Snodgrass”
- Susan Kroeger Snodgrass
Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9:40 AM
“Helen was such a wonderful lady she will be missed my many many people she always had a smile and a cheery greeting for all who stopped by. Michael and Beth Canada”
- Beth Chahley
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 9:45 AM
“Sally, We will always remember your Mom as so ambitious and full of fun! May God bless you with may fond memories to cherish!”
- Jerry and Sandy Hurd
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 9:45 AM
“Sally, so sorry to hear this. Just heard too late. Never knew a person so full of life. I will try to get your contact information and catch up.
God Bless”
- Alan Kelly
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 9:45 AM
“Sally and all of Helen's family: I have known Helen all my life. We had same Aug 22 birthday. Helen helped at my birthday party and also helped at our wedding. My parents Gail & Katherine Wunschel were life long friends and part of their Bridge group. Your parents also moved into my Grandma Wunschels home in Odebolt and I always wanted to come visit to see how Helen had made it their home. Our sympathy to all of you. ”
- Mary Ellen Hatch
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 9:45 AM
“So many fond memories of Helen & Earl being good friends of Mom & Dad & Sally a friend of mine since childhood- what fun times we had growing up!”
- Jim & Jean Wunschel
Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:16 AM
“Sally, We are so sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of your mom, especially from our high school years.”
- Gus and Marsha Larson
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:10 PM
“Sorry for your loss--the last one of the Bow Tie Club! Many happy memories we had on the 4th of July”
- Judy Lange Rozek
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