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Helen Mae Hofer
Mrs. Helen Mae Hofer, 98, of Low Moor, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, 2017, at Kahl Home in Davenport, where she had been a resident for the past six years.

Mrs. Hofer, the former Helen Mae Howson, was born Oct. 2, 1919, to the late Vernon and Fannie Clement Howson, on the family farm in Eden Township, Clinton County. She attended Low Moor School and attended Clinton High School, where she graduated. Helen Mae received her R.N. degree in 1940 from Jane Lamb Memorial Training for Nurses.

Helen Mae married Lyle A. Hofer on April 23, 1941, at Low Moor United Methodist Church. Together they farmed in the Low Moor area for 32 years, until Lyle's death in January 1973. Helen Mae remained on the farm until 1990, when she moved to DeWitt.

During her nursing career, she was employed by Jane Lamb Memorial and Mercy hospitals in Clinton. Helen Mae retired in 1989. She liked to stay busy and volunteered wherever she felt needed. For many years, she helped to prepare and serve the Low Moor Lions Club breakfasts. Helen Mae helped with and furnished treats for the Low Moor United Methodist Church "Kids Club" for many years. After moving to DeWitt, she volunteered at Westwing Place, being known as the "Mail Lady," distributing mail to the residents.

Helen was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church at Low Moor. She was a wonderful cook and liked to share her goodies with family and friends. Her pies, brownies, meatloaf, peanut clusters, and Ranger and Surprise cookies were her family's favorites.

Surviving are two sons, Steve Hofer and Jim (Terri) Hofer, all of DeWitt; three grandchildren, Aaron (Mindy) Hofer of Cottonwood, Minnesota, Tiffany (Greg) Mercuri of Victoria, Minnesota, and Eric (Erin) Hofer of Johnston; three great-grandchildren, Erin, Michael, and Hunter; two half-sisters, Jean Doescher of DeWitt, and Janice (Tom) Wiebenga of Clinton; a sister-in-law, Elaine Hofer of DeWitt; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by twin infant siblings; her stepmother, Willa Howson; and two brothers, William (Venita) and Dwayne (Helen) Howson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. A service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home, with Pastor Christine Minor-Heilig officiating. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Low Moor Lions Club Sight for Kids program.

Condolences may be expressed at schultzfuneralhomes.com

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