Helen L. Rayls, 89, Davenport, Iowa

Helen L. Rayls, 89, of Davenport, Iowa, died Wednesday, October 2, at the Good Samaritan Society in Davenport. She was born in Ethan, South Dakota, September 26, 1930, to Louis Rippe and Martha Rickels. She married Bert J. Rayls August 15, 1948, in York, Nebraska.

Helen enjoyed Christian music, art, poetry, reading her bible, and going to church. She especially enjoyed New Life Baptist Church where she had many friends.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Rayls, and wife Karen, Davenport, Iowa, and Steven Rayls and wife Sharon, Huntingburg; one sister, Betty Pederson-Freeman, Lakewood, Colorado; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by her husband, Bert J. Rayls, and seven siblings.

A private family graveside service was held October 8, at Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary of Davenport along with Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg assisted the family with arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be made to the family at www.cunnick-collins.com.

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