E. Kiddie Obituary

E. Helen Kiddie
E. Helen Kiddie
E. Helen Kiddie

November 23, 1917 - March 16, 2008
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Helen was born November 23, 1917 in a farm house, near what is today 37th and Beaver Avenue in Des Moines to her parents, Quinn and Inez Halliburton. She died suddenly at home on March 16, 2008, age 90.

Helen graduated from Roosevelt High School in January of 1937, attended the University of Iowa, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, and later completed her formal education at the American Institute of Business.

It was in college that she met and fell in love with her future husband Darrell Kiddie. They were married on August 30, 1942 at the then University Christian Church. Helen and Darrell were inseparable for 54 years until Darrell's death in 1997.

Helen was employed as a legal secretary until after World War II when she moved with Darrell and her parents to White Sulphur Springs, Montana to engage in a cattle ranching business. Soon after their son Mark was born the family moved back to Des Moines where she concentrated on being a wife and mother.

In 1975 Helen began a court transcribing service. For ten years she transcribed court testimony for court reporters. She loved to sew, was involved in many craft projects and was an accomplished pianist.

As time allowed she became active in organizations, serving as president of the woman's organization of her church, president of Chapter GY of P.E.O. and vice president of Kappa Alpha Theta alumna. Having no sisters of her own, she had a special love for her P.E.O. sisters. Helen was also an active member of the Des Moines Women's Club.

Her volunteer work and love of the First Christian Church continued until her death.

After retirement she enjoyed travel, made five trips to Europe and others to Hong Kong, Singapore and took numerous cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska. She spent her 80th birthday in Paris with her son Mark.

Helen believed that anything worth doing was worth doing well. She admired efficiency and attention to detail and her advice was always, "Give it your best effort." Her life long philosophy: Love is the most powerful force in the world. All things are possible with love, as demonstrated by the miracles of Christ. On Death she believed: "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." I Corinthians 3:9. (Paul to the Corinthian Church).

Cremation followed by a private burial will be held today, March 21, 2008 at the Glendale Masonic Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating Helen's life will be held at the First Christian Church on April 5, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Disciple Women, First Christian Church, 2500 University Avenue, Des Moines, 50311.


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Memorial Service
First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, April 5, 2008
11:00 AM