Sharon Gail Helgeson, was born on Aug. 27, 1945, in Falls City, to Burl and Jessie (Hackworth) Dykes, the youngest of five children.
Her siblings were Virginia, Shirley, Jim and Mary. She grew up in Percival, Iowa, and graduated from the Sidney Consolidated High School in 1963.
She worked after graduation at Pendleton Woolen Mills and Nebraska City News-Press as a proof reader for four years. Sharon moved to Albert City and worked as a teller at Citizen’s First National Bank and Albert City Saving’s Bank.
Sharon married Bernie Gutz on Aug. 10, 1968, at Zion Lutheran Church in Storm Lake and lived for a few years in Germany. After returning stateside, they were blessed with one daughter, Kelly Jo.
On Dec. 20, 1986, Sharon married David Helgeson in the chapel of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albert City, where they were members for many years.
She was on the funeral committee for nine years and on the Altar Guild.
At their wedding, Sharon’s daughter was a maid of honor and David’s brother, James was a best man.
Sharon was employed at the bank for 11 years until she quit to help David farm and raise Holstein heifers.
They lived on the farm until their retirement in 2012.
Sharon and David enjoyed going to the grandkids activities and school events, antiquing, flea markets and garage sales. Sharon enjoyed “Blinging” anything she could in order to make all things new and sparkly again.
Her family was the most important thing in her life, and she tried to teach the grandkids “this too shall pass” and “just keep smiling!”
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Virginia Craig and Mary Thomas; her favorite grandma, Anna Hackworth; her in laws, John and Esther Helgeson and Norma Dykes and her brother-in-law, James Helgeson
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, David of Spencer, Iowa; her daughter, Kelly and her husband, B.J. Habben of Sioux Rapids, Iowa; her grandchildren: Daryn, Parker, Caden and Shaylen; her brother, Jim Dykes of Mountain Home, Ark.; her sister, Shirley Miller and her husband, Frank of Mountain Home, Ark.; sisters-in-law, Julie Helgeson and Denise and her husband, David Fritz of Clear Lake, Iowa; many cousins, nieces and nephews.