Helen Marie Farrell, 77, died peacefully surrounded by family and friends in Iowa City on Oct. 25, 2017.
Helen was born and grew up in rural Menlo/Stuart, Iowa, where she graduated from Stuart High School in 1958.
She obtained a bachelor's degree and a Master of Science in microbiology, both at the University of Iowa. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College, and practiced as a chiropractor in Iowa City for over 20 years.
Helen enjoyed the company of her friends and family, gardening, quilting, live music and travel. She is remembered for her piquant sense of humor, her learning and her willingness to examine new ideas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Marie Farrell of rural Menlo, Iowa; by her sister, Catherine Ann Farrell of San Francisco, Calif.; and her first husband, Edward Eugene Hill of Morgantown, W.Va.
Survivors include her husband, James HL Beeghly; her son, Russell James Hill (Helen Chamberlin, Columbus, Ohio); her daughter, Laura Ellen Hill-Sakurai (Apurva Mehta, San Francisco, Calif.); her siblings, Richard Farrell (Marilyn) of Seattle, Wash., Pat Farrell (Barb) of Iowa City, Iowa, and John Farrell (Robin) of Asheville, N.C.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The family wishes to thank the health care providers at Mercy Hospital of Iowa City and at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for their compassionate and expert care of Helen over the course of a long illness.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Lensing Oak Hill Funeral Home, 210 Holiday Rd., Coralville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3000 12th Ave., Coralville, Iowa, with Father Chuck Adam officiating. Interment service will be at Calvary Cemetery in Stuart, Iowa, at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Helen's name can be made to the Free Lunch Program of Iowa City, 1105 Gilbert Ct., Suite 100, Iowa City, IA 52240, icflp.org, or Iowa Prairie Network, www.iowaprairienetwork.org.
Condolences or memories may be sent to the family c/o James Beeghly, P.O. Box 167, Iowa City, IA 52244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.
Posted on Friday, 27 October 2017