Helen McConaughey - August 21, 2012Helen (Nelson) Klein McConaughey, 87, of Aurora, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Aurora. Rev. Paul Nauman will officiate. Immediately following the service there will be fellowship in the church hall. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences may be emailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com
Helen D. Nelson, daughter of Nels and Freda Nelson, was born near Eldorado on Nov. 13, 1924.
She grew up on a farm near Harvard, and attended Country School District 29 and graduated from Harvard High School in 1942. She then taught country school near Harvard.
On June 11, 1944, she was united in marriage to Wilbert Fred Klein, at her parents’ home near Harvard. This union was blessed with eight children, Karen, Garry, David, Ralph, Gordon, Patti, Douglas and Randy. After their marriage they farmed near Wolbach before moving to Loveland, Colorado briefly. They returned to Wolbach and, in 1955, they moved to the Giltner/Harvard area. In 1983, they moved to Aurora. Wilbert died on March 12, 1994.
On Feb. 5, 2000, she was united in marriage to Willard (Gene) McConaughey. Gene passed away on Oct. 10, 2008. They enjoyed eight years of marriage together which made both of their families very happy.
Helen was an active member of the Harvard United Church of Christ and a longtime member of the Hamilton County Extension Club in Giltner (GGG Club.) After moving to Aurora in 1983 she worked at the Hamilton Manor until she retired at age 75. Helen enjoyed bowling, quilting, flowers and her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, and a son, David.
Survivors include her seven children, Karen Moncrief of Aurora, Garry (Chris) Klein of Hastings, Ralph (Chris) Klein of Aurora, Gordon (Chris) Klein of Harvard, Patti (Dave) Marshall of Sioux City, Iowa, Doug (Vicki) Klein of Lincoln and Randy (Theresa) Klein of Wahoo; two step-children, David McConaughey of Sioux City, Iowa; and Maureen (Bob) Dieckmann of Aurora; 18 grandchildren, two step-grandsons, nine great-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and nieces, nephews and friends.