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Helen Maxine Plath-Wood was born April 19, 1919 and passed away March 14, 2019.

Helen was preceded in death by parents Oscar and Sadie Hammitt; children Johnny Jr., Jeanette, Peggy Meyers; husbands John Plath, Jim Wood; son-in-law Denny Clanton; brothers Dorance, Verne, Claude, and Lyle Hammitt; sisters Wildon Stirtz, Lucielle Wohlers, and Stella Watkins.

Survived by daughter Sonja Clanton; grandchildren Lisa (Dave) Wall, DJ (Jill) Clanton, Traci (Brad) Krauth, Misti (Jason) Fredstrom, Lindsey (Mitch) Stover; 16 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Helen graduated from Logan High School in 1936 and married John Plath in November 1937. John and Helen farmed for several years in Harrison and Pottawattamie Counties, and raised their daughters in Woodbine, Iowa.

After John’s death in 1992, Helen managed the Plath Midtown Apartments as well as the farms. She married Jim Wood of Logan in 1994, and they spent several years traveling the country.

Helen served on the board of the Wood Foundation because she believed in the improvement and future of the Logan community. She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and even in ill-health had a deep love for her church, friends, and Logan.

The family received friends Sunday, March 17, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Logan, Iowa. Funeral services were held Monday, March 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Interment: Magnolia Cemetery. Memorials suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Logan, Iowa.