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Helen Eager Iverson


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Helen Eager Iverson Obituary

March 13, 1917 – December 31, 2015

Helen Eager Iverson passed away as she lived her life, with grace and dignity and surrounded by family. Helen was born on March 13, 1917 in Davis, California, to Herb and Blanche Belton. She grew up in the early years of the University of California at Davis, at that time called "University Farm", where her father was a professor. She attended Davis High School, UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

Helen worked for US Department of Agriculture in San Francisco where she met James Henry Eager of Live Oak, CA. After Jim's military service in the Army, they returned to the family ranch on Larkin Road in Live Oak where they raised four children. After Jim's death in 1978 Helen was able to continue the ranch operation through 2013 with the help of her son-in-law, Pete Jelavich.

In 1985, Helen married Dr. Roland (Rollie) Iverson of Yuba City and together, they enjoyed the ranch and loved their many road trips as well as numerous international travels. A farmer and gardener at heart, Helen lived in her beloved ranch home for a total of sixty years. Her door was always open to countless friends and to her family who all reaped the benefits of her heartfelt hospitality, good conversation, wonderful food and beautiful garden.

Helen and Rollie spent their remaining married years in Yuba City happily engaged with friends, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen's final years were spent at the Courtyard in Yuba City.

Helen leaves behind an enduring legacy of love, friendship and family. She is survived by her four children, Sherry Knowles (husband Tom), Terry Eager (wife Susan), Kristin Carnes (husband Steve) and Cindy Jelavich (husband Pete), as well as nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family extends our gratitude to the dedicated staff of the Courtyard. Their kindness and care brought Helen comfort and happiness. She thought of the staff as extended family and they in turn treated her as such, with love and compassion.

Contributions in Helen's memory can be made to the California Future Farmers of America Foundation or to the Wounded Warrior Project. In accordance to her wishes, there will be no public funeral service.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Jan. 6, 2016
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