HELEN IRENE NEWMAN
Helen Irene (Jones) Newman, age 88, of Morristown, left this world (Monday, March 2) as she lived - surrounded in love by her family and with peace at passing on to her new home. Our Mom lived a joyful life in the Morristown community, starting on a farm with her parents, George Samuel and Fern Preston Jones, and siblings, Robert (Pearl), Shelly (Aaron), Ione, and Arthur "Pete" (Helen). Her beloved sister-in-law, Helen Karow Jones, survives. Mom loved her growing up years in the 4-H, caring for animals and learning homemaking skills.
Mom married our dad, Andrew Jacob Newman, in 1947. They had five children, Shirley (died in infancy), Louise (Jim) Hunt of Baxter, Mike (Deb) Newman of Eagan, Mary (Adrian Clift) Newman of St. Paul, and Martha (Jim) Glass of Minneapolis. In 1960, Mom & Dad built a home in Morristown; Mom lived there until very recently.
Our Mom taught us work ethics through her commitment to her work places (Birds Eye, Herter's, and Treasure Cave) and her community involvement. We're proud of our Mom for being a founding member of the local Legion Auxiliary, and her extensive service in the early years of the Legion Steak Fries.
Faith was such an important part of Mom's life and her Church Family at Peace United Methodist Church in Morristown surrounded her with love and supported her faith journey. Thank you, Pastor Elden Eklund, for your friendship and spiritual leadership.
Our Mom was a kind, and generous person who believed the best in all people. She was a wonderful friend. She believed in us and was our biggest cheerleader. Some of our favorite memories of our Mom are: Her wonderful smile that would light up a room; her love of dancing; her awesome full-body hugs; her boundless energy; her green thumb; and her canned beef and pork chop dinners.
The beneficiaries of Mom's love were her children, her six grandchildren, Michael (Alice), Heather (John), David (Sarah), Zachary, Sarah and Tyler; three great-grandchildren, Lucy, James and Noah; nieces and nephews; and her faithful companions, Sally and Zoey.
Heartfelt thanks to Mom's caregivers for their special kindness: Sharon & Chuck Krenik, the staff at District One Cancer Center (Dr. Schwartz, Amy, and the staff), and the Allina Hospice team. Their compassion and skill enhanced Mom's final days and our time with her.
We will be celebrating Mom's life with a visitation at Boldt Funeral Home in Faribault on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 4 to 7 pm and also one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral services will be at Peace United Methodist Church in Morristown on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.; reception to follow at the American Legion, Morristown. Memorials can be directed to Peace United Methodist Church.
Name: Dolores Ruth
Date: Wednesday March 25, 2015
To the family of Helen Neuman, I think I met your Mother for the first time in November, when I came to attend my brother-in-law,Jerry Johnsons' funeral. I know she will be missed by here family.My deepest sympathy to all of you. Dolores; Norfolk, Va.
Name: Virginia Rasmussen
Date: Sunday March 22, 2015
To Helen's family: Jay and I want you to know that whenever we returned to Morristown and would be in the same area as your mom, she would always seek us out and visit with us. She was so pleasant and made us feel that she was very happy to see us. We so enjoyed visiting with her. And we often talk of Andy too. We still visualize him behind the steering wheel of the big green bus carrying the construction crew back and forth to their many building jobs. So many memories of a great home town. And Helen and Andy will always have a special place in those memories. You are in our thoughts. Virgie (Meschke) Rasmussen and Jay Rasmussen
Name: Deidre Meyers
Date: Thursday March 05, 2015
Sorry I'm not there to celebrate Helen's life today. She was my sponsor when I was confirmed at the Methodist Church and a continued presence in my life. Helen kept in touch with me through the years and I'm grateful to have known her. She always had a smile and kind words. Helen will be missed by our family.
Name: Diane Howe
Date: Wednesday March 04, 2015
I am sorry I cannot be there to celebrate Helen's life with you. She truly was a remarkable, giving woman. I can hardly think of Morristown without thinking of her. She touched so many with her boundless energy and love. She blessed everyone she came in contact with. Our recent visits have revolved around Memorial Day and Labor Day--times when I returned to Morristown to place flowers at the cemetery. At every visit, she proudly showed me pictures of family members. It was one way I had to keep up on the activities of our "old" neighbors. I guess I will need to rely on your Christmas letter, Louise. I take joy in knowing we will see her again. God bless and comfort the family she loved so very much. Diane Howe
Name: Cindy Packard
Date: Wednesday March 04, 2015
Your Mom was one of a kind. She was a true treasure to Morristown. Her commitment to you and her community was an example not to be achieved by many. She always had a smile on her face, and that energy - Wow!! I loved talking with her and remember the last time we sat down and talked at Dam Days two years ago at the historical school house by the Dam. I will treasure that time with her forever. There wasn't a project she didn't tackle without a "full steam ahead approach". The things she did with her life were boundless. The quilting project for the Sesquicentennial was an example of her dedication and love. It won't be the same coming home and not seeing her walking (more like charging) down the street. I know you all will miss her dearly, as we all will. Wishing you wonderful memories that will ease your pain as you mourn a a lady of class. With Sympathy, Cindy Packard
Name: Gerri (Rasmussen) Hanson
Date: Wednesday March 04, 2015
When I think of Mrs. Newman I see a sweet, gentle and caring woman who gave so much of her time to making Morristown a better place to live. Memories of events at the Legion always include a vision of Mrs. Newman in the kitchen. Martha - I'm not sure how she put up with our Jr. Auxiliary shenanigans with such a calm manner. But she did, and she continued to come back year and year to help guide the youth in town. She will be missed by so many people whose lives she touched. My sympathy to the entire Newman family, Gerri
Name: Sara Steele
Date: Tuesday March 03, 2015
I had the great pleasure of serving on a mission team to Jamaica with Helen. She was an amazing woman an I am grateful to have known her. May the wonderful memories you have of her comfort you all during this time. I'll never forget your smile and warm hugs!!!!