Helen M. Slattum, age 83, of Lake Mills, formerly of Joice, Iowa, died Sunday, January 30, 2011, at the Lake Mills Care Center in Lake Mills, Iowa.
Funeral service will be 11 AM Thursday (2/3/11) at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lake Mills, IA, with Pastor Wendi Gillan officiating.
Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Wednesday evening at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street in Lake Mills, IA, and again one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Burial will take place at Sunnyside Cemetery in Lake Mills, IA.
Helen Margaret Stauffer Slattum was born on October 10, 1927, in Amboy, MN, to parents Albert and Anna (Bingham) Stauffer. She attended country school until 8th grade, and graduated from high school at Amboy Public School “Class of 1945”. She then attended Mankato State Teachers College graduating in 1949 with a BS Degree in education, majoring in Language Arts and Social Studies.
Helen taught school for one year in Madelia, MN, then taught in Joice and Lake Mills Schools a total of 40 years.
On June 23, 1950, she was united in marriage to Duane M. Slattum of Joice, IA, in the United Methodist Church in Amboy, MN. Together, they made their home on a farm near Joice, IA, and in 1954, their son Craig was born.
Helen was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Lake Mills; where she was one of the local lay leaders for several years; chairperson of Church council; served on several committees; had been Sunday school teacher and superintendent for several years; chairperson of Harvest Festival; had been district representative to Methodist Conference.
She was active in the Iowa High School Speech Association; had coached students for contest work in both individual speaking and large group drama activities. She served as Northwest District officer for nine years; was on the State Executive Committee representing the Speech Coaches of Iowa for eight years; in 1990 was named to the Iowa Speech Hall of Fame; and in 1991 received one of the National Outstanding Speech Educator Awards from the State of Iowa.
Helen entered the Lake Mills Care Center in March of 2004. There, she remained active on various levels. She did “Drama with Helen”, wrote and presented many special holiday programs, helped lead Women’s Bible study and helped with the rotation list of preaching at Wednesday services. She will be deeply missed.
Helen is survived by her son Craig, and his wife, Sue Slattum of Joice, IA; two grandchildren, Katie Jo Slattum of Johnston, IA and special friend, Jeffrey Waldstein of Woodward, IA; Jason, and his wife, Alyssa Slattum of Waterloo, IA; one sister, Gladys Mosher of Lewiston, ID; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Duane; four brothers and two sisters.