Helen S. Horten died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Brookings hospital.
Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Helen Sterud was born on Oct, 7, 1928, in Ramona, the daughter of Joel and Mildred (Clough) Sterud. She grew up on a farm, attended school in Flandreau and graduated from Flandreau High School.
Helen married A. Martin Horten on Feb. 3, 1952, in Flandreau. They made their home in Sioux Falls and later in Brookings. Helen was administrative assistant to the vice president of academic affairs at South Dakota State University until her retirement.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Church Women, active in Beta Sigma Phi for 60 years and a member of the Saturday Literary Club. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and her garden, loving and caring for both.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Horten Hoium, of Brookings; three grandchildren; a sister, Beverly Thoreson, of Rapid City; and her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and nephew, Paul Thoreson.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com or to PO Box 74, Brookings, 57006.