Helen JoAnn Baier Limbaugh, age 90, was born to Winn and Florence (Vanderwater) Baier on May 20, 1928, in Adair County Iowa. She graduated salutatorian from Greenfield High School. After graduation she taught in a one-room school. She met Jack Limbaugh in high school and upon his return from WWII they married on June 15, 1947. They moved to Algona in 1952, and purchased a tire business that became Jack's OK Tire Service.
In the early years of their marriage, Helen placed her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, claiming Titus 3:5-6 as her life verses. Helen was active in her local church teaching Sunday School, as a youth camp counselor, playing the piano and organ, and teaching Joy Clubs in her home. She was currently a member of Community Baptist Church, Ankeny, IA. She was also involved in Soroptomist, Kossuth Regional Health Center Auxiliary and other local service organizations.
Her real joy was being involved with her children and grandchildren, following their many activities, and traveling. She is survived by seven children Jacquelin (Lon) Barkema, Mason City, Jan (Norm) Borst, Ankeny, Nita (Dick) McWilliams, Des Moines, Jenni (Don) Johnston, Davenport, Jack (Deb) Limbaugh, Algona, Julie Limbaugh, Ankeny, and Jamie (Chris) Brauns, Stillman Valley, IL; an exchange student Jill Irmgard Fennes. She is also survived by forty grandchildren; fifty great-grandchildren; and one great- great-grandchild; her brother Bill (Donna) Baier, Greenfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death was her husband, parents, brother and sister in law. She passed away on November 5, 2018, at Unity Point Taylor House Hospice, Des Moines.
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We extend our sympathy to you and rejoice in hope of the glory of God with you! Sincerely in Christ, Don & Jeanie Michaelsen
HELEN WAS A GREAT LADY! WE ALWAYS LOVED SEEING HER AND KNOW SHE LOVED THE LORD! SHE HAD A THANKFUL SPIRIT AND THANKED US FOR DIFFERENT EVENTS WE HAD SHARED WITH HER. EVERYTIME WE MET HER SHE HAD A SMILE AND HUG FOR US. SHE HAS LEFT A GREAT HERITAGE TO HER FAMILY.
Our prayers and thoughts for Helen and her family. Lots of fun memories! Earl and Cindy Baier.
Remember many fond memories of visiting with Helen. She was a beautiful lady. Always had a smile on her face and enjoyed her family so much! May she rest in peace with Jack! Our sympathies are with your family.
Godly Christ honoring servant! Heaven is richer!
So very sorry for your loss. We didn’t know Helen personally, but to have been Mom to Jamie, she had to have been so special.💕
Wonderful gal! I remember her as always cheerful and fun to be with. May the Lord comfort all of you with the reality you’ll see her again .
To the Limbaugh Families, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers on the loss of this wonderful lady. She was kind, caring and had a wonderful heart as Big as Algona and a smile that radiated like the sun and shined like the stars. She will now join the ranks of the Angels in Heaven . You have earned your wings Helen and Now you will Rest In Peace with the Good Lord and your loved ones who have already joined the ranks in the Heavenly Fold of Jesus. My Uncle Bobby VonBank worked at Jack's Ok Tire Store for many years and he spoke so fondly of Jack and Helen as well as my cousin Don VonBank . What a wonderful and happy lady and her legacy will continue on in her grandchildren, great grandchildren and family and friends. Go Rest High On That Mountain Helen Limbaugh. With Heartfelt Love and Prayers, Mark J.VonBank- Park Rapids, Minnesota-(formerly of Algona, Iowa).
I always looked forward to visits with your family when I was a child! Helen always made me feel like I mattered! She was such a cheerful and friendly presence, and would ask me questions and listen to my answers as though I was the most interesting person on the planet at that moment! Her joyful spirit was like a golden light that permeated every inch of any room she entered and you could feel that’s warmth of her joy long after she left a room. I know she is in the presence of her Savior and I can picture her throwing back her head and laughing as she walks with Him and she talks with Him!
We shared a 'wall' with Helen for several years at our Ankeny home. She was such a lovely lady, always ready to smile and converse. Peace, comfort and God's blessing--a new angel has arrived home.
Tom and Jane Person
I was thankful for Helen's encouragement and friendship when I first moved to the area. She exemplified Christian faith in action. I rejoice with you in her "homegoing". My prayers are with you. Laurel Fantz Anderson
Grandma Camp, as Ryan called her because she often worked at Special Camp,
was a wonderful friend and encourager. She will always have a very special place in our hearts and will be missed. Our prayers are with the family.
My sympathy is with you all - your mother was always wonderful to all the kids that used to swarm around your house. May your memories bring you comfort and peace knowing that you will be united again.
I met Helen at IRBC Special Camp. I was blessed by joining her and others in being counselors to that very special group of campers. We all loved her. The campers responded very well to her gentleness. She will be greatly missed. God bless you and hold you close during this time. Sarah Bixler
So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. We always enjoyed our time visiting with Helen and she will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Prayers and condolences to the family.
I so enjoyed visiting with Ms. Helen. She was such a kind, loving lady. She will be missed!
We are praying for all of you! It's such a privilege to have known her and family! She and Jack helped with starting the Baptist Church in Pocahontas, IA in the late 1950's which influenced my family's life. Praise the Lord that they never retired from serving their Saviour! So many lives have been ministered to by their selfless service. We have all been given such a legacy and an example to follow and we look forward to fellowship with them again in Heaven! No doubt she is helping organize that right now!
She was so witty in her quip about cream and milk. She said that you used to give the pigs the milk after the cream had been taken out to feed them. Now, people drink low-fat milk and don't use cream. My folks sold cream and used the low-fat milk to feed the pigs. So, I could identify with her statement. Dick and Richard used to like to drink "straight" cream out of the separator. Mrs. Limbaugh made this statement at Norma and Richard's sixtieth wedding anniversary celebration.
Thoughts and prayers to the Limbaugh family, Helen was an amazing woman who loved lice to the fullest
I am so sorry. Sending sincere sympathies to your entire family. Your mother was such a sweet, kind woman.
Your mother always had open arms to anyone she came in contact with and loved the Lord. She never judged a person or the situation. She was very genuine and very kind. Glad she is now with the Father. Praying for the family during this time.
Your mother was a woman of grace whose enthusiasm for life and love of the Lord and her family was fresh and contagious. We look forward to reunion day. We are so grateful for her promotion to Glory but praying for your family. Bob and Kathy Burkhart
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your mother was more of a blessing to me then you will ever know. Her wisdom and encouragement have never been forgotten. She will always be remembered in a very special way.
Henry and Evelyn Friedrich
Our sincere sympathy to all of Helen's family. Find comfort in these words of our Savior: "I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believes in me though he die shall live; all who live and believe in me shall never die." Christ is our Savior. Find joy and peace in Him!
We are thankful for the privilege we had of knowing Helen. Her evident love for the Lord and for His Word was a challenge and encouragement to us. We will miss her smiling face at church.
You have our deepest sympathies and we will keep you in our prayers. Helen was so very nice and always had to chat with me when she would see me
One of the nicest women I ever met. Always so friendly and upbeat. Lots of people will miss her.
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