Helen Elysabeth Lund
Helen Elysabeth Lund passed away peacefully on January 11, 2014 in Redlands, California with family by her side. She was born September 18, 1923 in Wolf Point, Montana to Ole and Ina Olson. Her father Ole was a farm equipment dealer and county commissioner and mother Ina a teacher. She grew up and attended schools in eastern Montana, graduating from Circle High School in 1940. She attended Montana State College in Bozeman and Northern Montana College in Havre, where she met the love of her life, Ivar Lund. They married in Dallas, Texas June 12, 1942, days before he was deployed to England and France. During the war she was employed in human resources at Houston Shipbuilding Company. When Ivar returned home from WWII, they began their life together in Miles City, Montana where she worked as an office manager at a medical clinic. 3 Years later they moved to Circle, Montana and purchased the family farm implement business which they owned for the next 46 years. Helen actively helped Ivar with the business and also the farm which they later purchased. They were blessed with 2 children Marilyn Bunnell of Redlands and Jon Lund of Golden, Colorado. She was an active member of the First Lutheran Church, VFW Ladies' Auxillary, Eastern Star, Homemaker's Club, Cowbelles, Bandparents, Christian Women's Club, Advisor of Rainbow Girls, Boy Scout Leader, 4-H Leader, and several Bible studies. She and Ivar enjoyed travel and visited Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, and numerous US destinations. Helen and Ivar purchased a second home in Redlands, California in 1980 in order to develop a close relationship with their granddaughters, which they did. They became snowbirds spending winters in Redlands and summers in Montana. Helen will be remembered for her great love of family, her gifts of hospitality and compassion, and her ability to create fun wherever she went. Helen is survived by Ivar Lund, her husband of 71 years, daughter and son-in-law Marilyn Bunnell (Bill) of Redlands, California, son Jon Lund of Golden, Colorado, granddaughters Kirsten Stevenson (Rob) of Columbus, Georgia, and Whitney Showler of West Hollywood, California, and great-grandsons Robert and Matthew Stevenson. She is preceded in death by her parents Ole and Ina Olson.
Service and Inturnment willl be Private.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Jan. 17, 2014