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Helen M. Woten


POTTER -- Helen M. Woten, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Sidney Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17, in the Prairie West Church in Potter with Pastor Betsy Galloway-Carew officiating. Interment followed in the Potter Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to Prairie West Church and the Potter Fire Department.

You can view the online obituary and share condolences with the family at http://www.holechekfuneralhomes.com.

Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Sidney served the Woten family.

Helen was born July 22, 1922, north of Potter to Fred and Anna (Strudl) Studnicka.

Helen attended a rural country school several miles from her home. She walked a mile to a neighbor's place to get a ride to school. She had to stay home and help with the operation of her parents' farm instead of going to high school. Helen taught herself to do the many things she did in her life. She was an excellent cook and seamstress.

She married Myron P. Woten on April 3, 1946 in Sidney.

Helen was a long-time member of the First Lutheran Church and later Prairie West Church, taught Sunday school and Bible school, sewed 100's of quilts with the Lutheran Church Women (LCW), she held all the offices in LCW, served 100's of funeral dinners and was the church financial secretary for many years. Helen was very active in the Cheyenne County Extension program serving on the Extension Board, 4-H Council, fair superintendent, 4-H leader and volunteer. Helen oversaw the household exhibits during Potter Days until this past year.

Survivors include her son, Ray (Tammy) of Potter and their daughters, Brandi Woten and Katelyn Woten; daughters, Kathy (Ron) Drews of Yutan, and their children Diane (Nick) Boyd, Jeff Drews, Tim (Sarah) Drews; and Jeanne Murray (Don Peters) of Scottsbluff and her children Anita Murray (Steve) Erdman and Bryan (Angela) Murray; great-grandchildren, Megan, Alex, Hailey, Ryan, Kyle, Ian, and sister-in-law, Dema Woten of Blythe, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother and sister-in-law, Lumir and Ella Studnicka; son-in-law, Daniel Murray; brothers and sisters-in-law, Emma and Roy Van Pelt, Gladys and Myrl Pierce, Grace and Charlie White, Del and Jeannine Woten, Vera Woten and Bob Woten.


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