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Friday February 14th, 2020
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Helen G. Roy

Helen Geraldine Roy, 89, of Scotia, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. The Rev. Scott Harter will celebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Scotia. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church with a 7 p.m. Rosary. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Helen was born on March 8, 1930, on the family farm near Ashton, the daughter of Harry and Sally Ann (Kaminski) Smedra. As a child she grew up in different communities and attended country schools. She was a 1949 graduate of Loup City High School. In the Fall of 1949, with the encouragement of her grandmother, Stella Kaminski, she entered into the Saint Francis School of Nursing. In May of 1952, she graduated as a Registered Nurse. She worked in Pediatrics at Saint Francis until she moved to Loup City where she was employed by Sacred Heart Hospital. On June 9, 1953, she married the love of her life, Lawrence George Roy, at Loup City. The couple first made their home on a farm near Dannevirke. In 1957, they moved to irrigated farm land near Scotia, which has been her home ever since. During her lifetime she has devoted herself to the selfless caring of others and worked as a nurse in the Loup City, Ord and St. Paul hospitals. In 1970, she started working for the Central Nebraska Community Services as the Head Start nurse for the program. She worked with over 350 children and their families each year. She also worked with the Nebraska Public Health starting the first immunization program for Central Nebraska. On May 4, 1989, she received the Nebraska Public Health Association Distinguished Service Award for her pioneering work in this area. She retired from nursing in 1995 and has played a critical role in the reason why members of her family have decided to become Nurses, Psychologist and Speech Language Pathologist. Her pioneering spirit lead some of her children and grandchildren to start new businesses, as well as, travel far for education and take chances. She was proud of all her children’s career choices. Helen continued to work after retirement with her family in the dairy business and later cattle business. She enjoyed crafts, garage sales, canning, embroidering and making quilts. She was known at the Junk Jaunt, as the lady with the cinnamon pickles. People would travel as far as from Texas just to make sure to get some of her cinnamon pickles. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Catholic Church of Ord and its Council of Catholic Women. She is survived by her children and spouses, Martin and Talana Roy of Overton, Kay and Roger Torske of Hastings, Pamela and Mark Geihsler of Dallas, TX, Janel and Mike Tagart of Grand Island, Daniel and DeeAnn Roy of Scotia, Steven Roy of Branson, MO, and Donald and Dena Roy of Scotia; Ten grandchildren, Brian and Christina Roy, John and Lindsey Roy, Jeremey and Kristi Geihsler, Chevis Geihsler, Kelsey and C.J. Toms, Mercedes and Travis Hargreaves, Ashley and Todd Lothrop, Shantelle Roy, Katriona Roy and fiancée Cole Koenig, and Kaitlin Roy; Eight Great-Grandchildren, Peyton, Elle, and Brooks Geihsler, Coraline, Adelaide, and Ezra Roy, Kierra and Daryn Hargreaves, and two more great-grandchildren on the way; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty Damratowski of Grand Island and Bonnie and Dennis Piontkowski of Bennington; she was also blessed with many wonderful nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence G. Roy on Nov. 24, 2012; her parents; infant son, Thomas Roy; brother-in-law, Harold Damratowski; and nephews, Randy Damratowski and Kenneth Piontkowski. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Scotia Fire & Rescue or Alzheimer’s Association.

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Nearly everyone from the neighborhood is gone now. They all had special times together. Blessings to all of you. She is at rest now. Evelyn Thomas Rose

EVELYN ROSE Feb 14 2020 2:26 PM

Deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

Jonathan Sazama Feb 12 2020 5:46 PM

Helen and the Roy family blessed my life abundantly with their loving care for me when I was pastor at the Scotia Catholic Church. What wonderful servants of God and others they were. Please know that you are in my prayers as we give Helen into the fullness of God's life and love. I will offer Mass for Helen and for the Roy family. Peace and All Good, Fr. Jim Schmitt

James Schmitt Feb 12 2020 5:01 PM

Dear Dan and family, Sending thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Theresa Cosner Lemmer

Theresa Cosner Lemmer Feb 12 2020 4:49 PM

Helen and I worked at the old Ord hospital, always enjoyed her upbeat spirit, wonderful lady. Sending my sympathy, Sharon Osentowski

Sharon Feb 12 2020 11:26 AM

Kay & Family, Pam & Family, Janel and Family Dan & DeeAnn & Family. Meeting Helen and all of you has been a blessing in my life! Such a sweet, caring family! Our shared love of cooking made our paths cross, but the friendship path still goes strong. I loved Helen's spunk and go get it attitude! She challenged me on browning hamburger in the micro cooker and we did pan fried and micro at her show. To her surprise, she actually picked the microwave!! We sure all have had a lot of laughs, good conversations and good food together! Well done faithful servant Helen! Prayers and Hugs Debbie

Debbie Sorenen Feb 12 2020 11:14 AM

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Joe and I always enjoyed visiting with her and your dad when we were up there. She was great.

Barbara LoAnn Beran Feb 12 2020 10:32 AM

Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the Roy family.

David and Joyce Everett Feb 12 2020 3:46 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Helen Roy

Joyce Goc Feb 10 2020 11:57 PM

Dear Family, Your mom had a heart of gold. I was lucky to know her for almost all my life and she always welcomed me with a smile and her "Hello". She was proud of all your accomplishments and the grandkids. All the items she made for them for graduations and weddings! No idle hands with Helen. She brought me something every Christmas. She was my second mom. Thanks for sharing her. My heart goes out to you all. Karen Plate

Karen Plate Feb 10 2020 1:38 PM