Helen Christensen, known for her inquisitive nature, intelligent wit, independent spirit and fierce loyalty, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 of pneumonia at the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center. She was 90.

Helen, the eldest of seven siblings, was born on March 21, 1922 in Ludington, Mich., and her family eventually settled in Ashland, Wis. After graduating from high school, she worked for the State of Wisconsin as a secretary and met the love of her life, Edward Christensen, while he was in Ashland working a gas conversion job after World War II. The two were married March 25, 1950 in Carlton, Minn.

They lived briefly in Sioux City while Edward attended barber college and moved after his graduation in 1951 to Fort Dodge, where they lived ever since.

A thoughtful, loving wife and mother, Helen is survived by Edward and her son Jay of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Other immediate family members include sister Geraldine Kontny and brother Eugene Sanders of Ashland. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert E. Sanders, mother Emilie (Bradle) Sanders, sisters Alice Jensen, Jane Hnath and brothers Robert and James Sanders.

The family would like to thank the staff of Villa Care, who treated Helen with kindness.