Helen V. Ortmeyer of Branson West, Missouri, formerly of Cuba, was born July 29, 1925 at Kansas City, Missouri. She was adopted at a couple days old by William A. and Hazel (Nee: Ege) Ortmeyer. Helen went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Wedgewood Gardens, Branson, Missouri at the age of 90 years. Helen attended the United Methodist University in Iowa and earned a Registered Nurses Degree in 1946. While attending college Helen worked as a life guard and she trained the Navy Air Corp Pilots how to swim before they headed off to war. Helen was also registered as a Cadet Nurse but WWII ended before she graduated. After graduation and passing her boards Helen moved to St. Louis, Missouri were she started her nursing career. Helen's first nursing job was at the City Hospital, then Missouri Baptist Hospital and in the late 1940's Helen started working at Barnes Hospital and there she was the head nurse on the Orthopedic floor. Helen spent hours and years taking care of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball players and the St. Louis Cardinals football players when they were injured. Helen retired in 1971 after thirty plus years as a dedicated nurse at Barnes Hospital. Helen moved to Cuba in the early 1960's and built a new home. Helen then started attending the Cuba United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Susannah's, greeter, helped with church dinners, funeral dinners and was at every program held at the Cuba United Methodist Church. The Susannah's teamed up with Hayes Shoe Store for a few years, so that all the children could have new shoes for school. Helen also owned a catering business for several years and all the proceeds went to the Cuba United Methodist Church. Helen believed in education and continuing education. She truly believed the more you know the further you go in life. Helen spent hours reading, knitting and listening to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. She enjoyed gardening, swimming and fellowshipping, but what Helen loved most in her life was the Cuba United Methodist Church and its members. Three years ago Helen moved with her adopted family to Branson West, Missouri. Helen is preceded in death by her parents William and Hazel Ortmeyer, dear friend Peggy Liles, second mom Ruby Brickey and other family and friends. Those who are left to treasure her memory and to continue her wonderful legacy are her brother Howard and wife Jane Ortmeyer of Gaithersburg, Maryland, nieces, nephews, her adopted son and daughter Paul and Linda Lathum of Branson West, Missouri, three adopted perfect grandchildren Julie and husband Barry Parsons of Ballwin, Missouri, Tim Lathum of St. Charles, Missouri and Beverley and husband Bo Jenkins of Sikeston, Missouri, four adopted amazing great grandchildren Jaedyn Parsons, Shaeleigh Parsons, Karleigh Jenkins and Trey Jenkins, beloved grand dogs Max and Angel, all the members of the Cuba United Methodist Church and a host of other relatives and many friends. A memorial visitation will be held Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM at the Cuba United Methodist Church, 903 W. Washington Street, Cuba, Missouri. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Cuba United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Lathum officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cuba United Methodist Church, Susannah's, in Helen's memory. The Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba is honored to be serving Helen's family and friends. .
Sunday, November 1st, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Cuba United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 1st, 2015 2:00pm, Cuba United Methodist Church