Helen Anderson Linden age 92 of Detroit Lakes Minnesota passed away on November 2, 2023 at the Oak Crossing Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.
Helen was born July 27, 1931 in Detroit Lakes Minnesota to Helge and Mathilda (Glawe) Anderson. She attended the Callaway Elementary School and the Detroit Lakes High School graduating June 6, 1950. She was united in marriage to Richard Homer Linden on June 30, 1951 in Callaway Minnesota, they resided in Fort Leonard Wood Missouri and in 1952 they returned to Rochert, MN. In 1984 Helen moved to the Detroit Lakes area until her death. Helen worked for St Mary’s Hospital and Nursing home for 30 years in Housekeeping and Laundry until her retirement in the early 2000’s.
Helen was an exceptional cook, baker and canner for her family, which is remembered by many as she shared much of what she made with surrounding neighbors and friends. She was especially known for her Pickles, Leftsa, Donuts, Brownies, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. She bowled for many years and played the accordion. She loved music especially polkas and loved to dance, she was the jitterbug queen. And her smile that everybody saw as soon as you were in her presence, it was her “signature”, which is why everyone called her “Ma”. Her number one passion was her cats and through the years it was Big Tom, Kitten and her most recent Dufus. The Mechanical Dufus(s) resided with her at Oak Crossing since 2018.
Helen is survived by her son Ronald (Mary) Linden and her daughter Sharon (Gary) Jenson all of Rochert Minnesota, and daughter Phyllis (Mark) Johnson of Detroit Lakes Minnesota, a daughter in law Julie Linden of Tamarac, Minnesota, sister Dorothy Neisen of Fargo, North Dakota, and sister in law Florence Anderson of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota,17 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Diane Linden Haisley, one son Daniel Linden, two brothers Duane Anderson and Donald Anderson, sister in law Betty Anderson, brother in law Pete Neisen, one great grandson Weston Coalwell and one great granddaughter Evie Diane Haisley.
“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”