Helen Staub, 105, of Marshall, Mo., born in the family farmhouse at Blosser, Mo., on April 22, 1908, died on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Westport Estates in Marshall, Mo.
Helen attended Union School, a one room country schoolhouse near their home. After attending Union School she attended Notre Dame Academy in Marshall. In 1921, the family moved to Marshall and Helen graduated from Marshall Grade School in 1923. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1927, attended Stephens College in Columbia and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for one year. At the beginning of her senior year, she transferred to Missouri Valley College, graduating in 1931 with a degree in Home Economics. After college, she worked at Scott's Store in Marshall for ten years as a salesperson and cashier. In 1944, she moved to Belleville, Ill., where her sisters, Corrine and Ruth, and their husbands were living. Her first job in Belleville was as a salesperson at J.C. Penny's for one year and then at the Sears store in East St. Louis, Ill., working for her uncle, Alfred Staub, where she was an administrative assistant for more than one year. During 1945, she took a Civil Service typing test and was hired in the Accounting Division Office at Scott Air Force Base, a position she would hold for the next 31 years, retiring in 1976. While living in Belleville she was active in several organizations including: First Presbyterian Church, Turkey Hill Grange and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. After her retirement, she moved back to Marshall to help care for her mother, Alma, and her sister, Erna. She became involved in many community organizations and activities including: The Monday Club, Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary, hospital volunteer work, First Presbyterian Church and several card clubs. She traveled extensively with friends and on trips organized by local banks. She traveled to almost every state in the Union, made three trips to Europe visiting England, Scotland and Switzerland, among others. She enjoyed watching sports including: baseball, football and basketball and was an ardent supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Other activities included jigsaw puzzles, gardening, attending auctions and talking on the phone with her family members. She continued to be an active trustee for the Theodore Staub Trust Estate.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Staub and Alma, nee Kunze, Staub; three sisters, Erna Staub, Corrine Nelson and Ruth Eckert; one brother, L.G. Staub; and one niece, Jan Eckert.
Surviving are her seven nephews and one niece: Neal and Sharon Eckert of Texas, Lary and Judy Eckert of Illinois, Jerry and Betty Staub of Texas, Ted and Barbara Staub of Texas, Patricia Staub of California, Richard Nelson of Marshall, Mo., Jon and Ann Nelson of Georgia and David and Joyce Nelson of Marshall, Mo.; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall., Mo. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Marshall, Mo.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at the church with the Rev. Pam Sebastian officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, Mo.
CAMPBELL-LEWIS FUNERAL HOME, Marshall, Mo.
Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home
1002 E. 1st Concordia, MO 64020
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 8, 2013