Helen Maxine DeVault age 93 of Washington, Iowa, formerly of Cedar Rapids,
and Libertyville, Iowa, passed away at the United Presbyterian Home on
January 3, 2024. Helen was born near Selma, Iowa to Ralph Riley DeVault and
Mary Josephine Oliver DeVault on June 11, 1930. She attended Selma high
school for 10 years and graduated from Libertyville High school. She worked
at Keosauqua Creamery for one year. She took summer classes at Parsons
College to get her teaching certificate. Helen taught at rural country
schools for eight years. She then taught at Gladbrook, Washington and
Madison School in Cedar Rapids. During this time, she attended summer school
and evening classes at Iowa City, Kirksville, Mo. and Fairfield. Helen
Graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield with her 4-year teaching
degree. She retired after teaching 42 years.
She was a member of the Linn County and Washington county DAR. Helen
thought Washington would be a great place to retire, so she bought a
cottage at the United Presbyterian Home living there for 11 years. She
lived in an apartment for 2 years and moved to the McCreedy Home on April
Her greatest interest was genealogy and she took summer trips with her
older sister Doris and husband Stuart who was also interested in genealogy.
Her other interests were reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting and
Left to share memories of Helen are niece, Shirley (Wayne) Tedrow of
Cantril, Iowa, four nephews, Clifford Stackhouse of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who
has been very diligent and faithful in caring for Helen for the last few
years, Guy Stackhouse of Marion, Iowa, who has cared for Helen’s cats, Iven
(Julie) Thomas of Douds, Iowa, and Melvin Thomas of Keosauqua, Iowa, and
eight great and 14 great great nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Mary Josephine
DeVault, two sisters Doris (Stuart) Thomas and Alice (Lester) Stackhouse, a
brother Ivan H. DeVault, a nephew Clay Stackhouse, a great nephew
Christopher Stackhouse, and a niece- in- law Judy Thomas.
Graveside services will be at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery near Douds, Iowa, 1:00 PM Wednesday, January 10, 2024. Family will receive friends from 10:00-noon at the Beatty Peterseim Funeral Home in Washington, IA.
Memorial may be left to the United Presbyterian Home at Washington or Mt.
Moriah Cemetery, near Douds, Iowa, and can be mailed to Shirley Tedrow at
P.O. Box 231, Cantril, Iowa. 52542.