STERLING – Helen Axelson DeBord, 97, of Sterling, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at Coventry Living Center in Sterling.
She was born June 27, 1917, in Fargo, North Dakota, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Remmenga) Marquette. She married Axel Hermon Axelson on Jan. 16, 1938, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. She later married Hiram A. DeBord on Feb.12, 1949, in Rock Falls. He died March 11, 1993. Helen had worked at General Electric Co. in Morrison for a period of time, and had been an Avon representative for several years. She was a member of Rock River Christian Center in Rock Falls. She enjoyed going to Golden Meals.
Surviving are three daughters, Christine Davis of North Aurora, Barbara (Daniel) Murnane of Morrison, and Diane (Philip) Marley of Arlington, Texas; two sons, Eugene (Judith) Axelson of Sun City West, Arizona, and Allen (Joy) Axelson of Fountain Hills, Arizona; two sisters, Ether Johnshoy of Colorado and Frances (Mike) Johnshoy of Minnesota; four brothers, Fred (Melba) Marquette of Florida, Kenneth (Willey) Marquette of Minnesota, Spencer Marquette of Florida, and Franklin (Annella) Marquette of Minnesota; 12 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Jeanette Hoffman and Agnes Swanson; and two brothers, Roy and Richard Marquette.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday and the funeral at 10 a.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls, with the Rev. Brian Vickers officiating. Burial will be at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls.
A memorial has been established to Golden Meals in Rock Falls.