Helen McMullen, 1938-2015

Published 10:16 am Friday, January 30, 2015

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. Mark Boorsma will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. 

Helen McMullen

Helen McMullen

Helen E. McMullen of Albert Lea died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, peacefully at home surrounded by family after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 76.

Helen was born at home near Lake Mills to Tom and Ida (Lingaas) Henderson Feb. 23, 1938. She was married for a short time when she was young and again to Rueben Dokken for about eight years.

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On May 5, 1973, she married the love of her life, Brian McMullen. They were married for almost 42 years. She worked for a short time at Fleetguard in Lake Mills and 33 years at Streater in Albert Lea, most of the time driving forklift.

Helen and Brian did almost everything together: fishing, camping, motorcycle riding, snowmobile riding and watching the Twins, Vikings, NASCAR racing and late model dirt track racing. After retirement Helen, Brian and B.J. (their Shi Tzu) spent their winters living in their motor home in Pharr, Texas.

Helen is survived by her husband, Brian; stepdaughter, Teri (Matt) Bertrand; step-grandchildren A.J. and Courtney Barnett, all of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sisters Irene Bock, Hazel Willert, Linda (Rudy) Rogness, Verginia Peterson and Terry (Pat) Cunningham; brother, Tom (Sue) Henderson; sisters-in-law Cathy Westendorf and Joni Hammer, all of northern Iowa and southern Minnesota areas; and several nieces and nephews who all loved her very much.

Helen was preceded in death by her mother and father Tom and Ida Henderson; parents-in-law Velma (Eldon) Fisher and Ray McMullen; sister, Karen Orth; brothers-in-law Paul Orth, Leon Willert, Bob Peterson and Lowell Hammer; nephew, Brandon Peterson; and niece, Krystal Henderson, who both died too young.