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Helen Lamphier


Helen Darlene Lamphier, 94, of Hiawatha, Iowa, formerly of Center Point, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home, Center Point. Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at First Christian Church, Center Point. Burial: 2 p.m. at Strawberry Point Cemetery, Strawberry Point, Iowa.
Helen was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Clayton County, Iowa, the daughter of Elom and Mabel (Moyle) Lamphere. On Feb. 14, 1943, she was united in marriage to Arnold Lamphier. Helen worked at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, in housekeeping and baby-sat for several years. Her greatest joy was being a farmwife and taking care of her family. Helen loved her family, animals, camping and family fish fries. She enjoyed crafting, crochet and quilting, making homemade baby blankets for her grandkids.
Helen is survived by her sons, Marvin (Marian) Lamphier, Marion (Diana) Lamphier and Cecil (Cathy) Lamphier of Arizona; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Henry (Gloria) Lamphere; partner, George Osterhaus; her adopted family, including children, Chuck (Wendy) Osterhaus, Teresa Polton, Patricia Osterhaus, Al (C.J.) Osterhaus, Paul (Young) Osterhaus; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; niece, Sharon Alderson; as well as many extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold, in 1987; brother, Harold Lamphere; sisters, Gladys Sargent, Florence Cordes and Dorothy Conner; and infant granddaughter, Georgina Helen Lamphier.
Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, Center Point, in Helen's memory.
Please share a memory of Helen at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.