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GALVA - Helen Illen Anderson, 93, of Galva, died at 2:46 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Courtyard Estates in Galva.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 18, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church or to the Galva Senior Citizens Center.
She was born December 31, 1925 in Kewanee, the daughter of Victor and Hilma (Waller) Palmer. She married Virtus L. Anderson on March 30, 1950 in Galva and he preceded her in death on October 1, 1977. Survivors include her two daughters-in-law, Karen Anderson and Christina “Chris” Anderson, both of Galva, four grandchildren; Carl and Dale Anderson, Rebecca “Becca” (Crane) Johnson and Miriah Anderson, three great grandchildren; Casey, Brayden and Piper Jo Johnson and several nieces, nephews and cousins including local nephews, Dick and Bob Palmer. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her two sons, Donald and Dennis, two sisters, Kathryn Page and Marion Wisley and a brother, Willard Palmer, infant brother, Robert Palmer, a nephew, Larry and a niece, Mary Jo.
Helen graduated from LaFayette High School and had attended secretarial classes. She had worked as teller at First National Bank and at a Savings and Loan Assn and had also worked at the Chevrolet garage. In her early years when she was first married, she helped farm west of Galva. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she was a liturgist and a member of its United Methodist Women. She was an active member of the Galva Seniors Citizens Center, secretary of the Women’s Club and charter member of 50+ years of the VASA Lodge. Helen enjoyed going out to eat, going on bus trips, playing cards, crocheting and river boating and in her early years, bowling.