Feb. 26, 1923 – Sept. 2, 2020
Helen Meeker, 97, died on Sept. 2, 2020 in Homer, Alaska.
Helen was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Jeffers, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to Eiler Sorensen and Christine Mosbaek Sorensen and passed away peacefully at her home in Homer.
She grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa and attended Iowa State University in Ames, majoring in home economics and chemistry. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, playing bridge and painting. She also enjoyed music, both classical and big band.
July 1, 1944, she married George W. Meeker at Lovely Lane Chapel in St. Simons Island, Georgia. One of the “Greatest Generation,” during World War II she worked on Coronado Island in San Diego. Her civilian capacity was a mechanics helper, carpenter and logging aircraft engines for repair. She always told stories of their life during the war, how life was different then, and how all Americans came together and sacrificed for the good of this great nation.
After the war, she and George settled in Garden City Kansas in a sod home and became wheat farmers. In 1995, they moved to Homer. In 2017 they were honored as Pioneers of Finney County, Kansas. She supported her husband in his career, helping him to write and edit speeches, and was an excellent speech writer.
Helen is survived by her two sons, Douglas (Melanie) of Homer, Alaska, and Larry (Cindy) of Lake Quivira, Kansas; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 74 years, George; grandson, Damon Meeker; sisters, Elsie Lougheed and Madie Horton; and brother, Bob Sorensen.
At her request there will be no memorial service. Interment will be at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery next to her husband George, in Homer.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, Helen asked that contributions be made to “the arts.”
Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Please sign or visit her online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.