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Lois Helm 1921-2012

Lois Helm, 91, of Perham, formerly of Bemidji, Minn., died on Nov. 21 in her home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Nov. 26 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji, beginning at 1 p.m. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 25, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Perham Living Chapel. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery, Bemidji.

Lois was born June 7, 1921, Tuesday "Child of Grace," to Roy and Ida (Nelson) Nordholm in Harcourt, Iowa. She was christened Lois Jean Evangeline, a traditional Swedish naming for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. She later changed her last name to Boyd, after her mother married Jay Boyd. After graduating from Bemidji High School in 1940, Lois attended Bemidji Teacher's College.

Lois married Leonard Helm on her 21st birthday on June 7, 1942 in Bemidji. World War II had started, so the young couple moved to Portland, Ore. Related to her husband's career, they lived in several communities, retiring in Bemidji in the 1980s.

Lois deeply loved spending time with her family and took pride in her children's and grandchildren's accomplishments. She loved children. When her own children were grown, she taught Sunday school in several communities, always taking pride in creating thoughtful lessons. She enjoyed traveling to many countries including China, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Norway and Sweden. She also toured the United States and Canada in their RV.

In her leisure time she loved playing and winning at Bingo and playing cribbage with her husband. A handiwork project was always in progress such as crocheting lace for pillowcases and numerous afghans - enough for all her children and grandchildren. She took pride in baking pies, bread and rolls, as well as canning pickles, horseradish, fruits and vegetables. Until recently, Lois maintained a vegetable garden bordered by flowers (four o' clocks, roses and marigolds), a spot of beauty admired by her neighbors.

Preceding Lois in death are her parents; husband, Leonard; sisters, Louise Gray and Jacqueline Galloway; and a brother, Robert Boyd.

Surviving Lois are her daughters, Karen (Talleiv) Vollen of St. Cloud, Minn., Lynn (Charles) Moore of Bemidji and Fort Myers, Fla., and Katherine (Paul) Lehmkuhl of Perham and Nemo, N.D.; sons, Dan (Barbara) Helm of Mandan, N.D. and James (Karen) Helm of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada; grandchildren, Jon Vollen, Jennifer (Vollen) Hollen, Eric Vollen, Chuck Moore, Dan Doyle, Jeremy Helm, Jessica Helm, Kaley Helm, and Quinn Helm; step-grandchildren, Steve (Brenda) Lehmkuhl of Paynesville, Minn., Scott (Joan) Lehmkuhl of Sauk Rapids, Minn., Michele (Tim) Moser of Paynesville and Melissa Soine of Paynesville; great-grandchildren, Carson Doyle, Riley Doyle, Aden Vollen and Ava Hollen; sister, Leota Ann (Boyd) Chandler of Glendale, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Betty Boyd of Bemidji and Leila (Helm) Redding; stepbrother, Henry Nordholm of Carrollton, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham, Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, handled the arrangements. For online condolences, visit