Helen Luelf


July 6, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Helen Cora Mabel Luelf, 91, of Independence died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Windsor Place in Iola.
She was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Truston, Mo., to Herman and Alma (Winter) Luelf. She attended Truston schools through the eighth grade. She then worked at Troy Garment Factory to help support her family. At 20 she went to God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated valedictorian.
In 1945, she went into foreign missions. In 1946, she and Zola Mae Rich began their ministry in Barbados and in 1952 opened a New Work in Grenada, where she lived until 1988. In 1955, she survived Hurricane Janet and in 1983 she witnessed a Communist government takeover. In Grenada she helped establish a dozen churches and other missions.
She retired from the mission field and pastored in San Bernadino, Calif., for 12 years. She returned to Independence in 2003. She moved to Iola in 2008.
Survivors include two sisters, Esther and her husband, John Esterline, Cincinnati, and Faith Kenrick, Albuquerque, N.M.; and nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bible Holiness Church, 13th and Cottonwood streets in Independence. The Revs. Duane Johnson, DeSilva Smith and Joe Davot will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery under the direction of Potts Chapel of Independence.
Viewing will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Memorials to Foreign Mission Department of Bible Holiness Church may be sent to Potts Chapel, 122 S. Penn Ave., Independence, KS 67301-3526.

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