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Helen Williams

February 03, 1912 - March 04, 2014


10-11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Arthur United Methodist Church, Arthur, North Dakota

Funeral Service:

11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Arthur United Methodist Church, Arthur, North Dakota.


Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred.

Helen Williams

February 03, 1912 - March 04, 2014


Helen (Fredrikson) Williams passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 4 surrounded by her family at Elim Care Center. Helen Fredrikson was born on February 3, 1912 to Peter and Julia Fredrikson of Davenport, ND. Helen grew up and attended school in Davenport. She attended her senior year of high school at NDAC (currently NDSU). Helen graduated from NDAC in 1934 with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and Guidon sororities, and she was chosen to lead the junior/senior ball her junior year of college. She was also a member of the NDSU women’s basketball team.

Helen married Fred Williams of Arthur, ND on December 30, 1938 at Davenport Lutheran Church. Helen and Fred built their family home in Arthur shortly after they were married, and Helen continued to live in the home until the time of her death.

Helen and Fred raised their two children, Julie and John, in Arthur along with Fred’s siblings and their families.  The two enjoyed traveling and spent their summers on Lake Sallie and their winters in Arizona.

Helen was known as the “Welcome Lady of Arthur.” She was an active member of the Homemakers Club, Senior Citizens Club, UMW, and the Arthur United Methodist Church.  She served on the Arthur School Board for 15 years and was board president for several years.  Additionally, she was worthy matron of Eastern Star, board member of St. Lukes (Sanford) Hospital Auxiliary, Cass County School Officers Association, and the Homemakers Club Council. Helen was on the NDSU Alumni Board and was a life trustee for the NDSU Development Foundation Board. She was awarded the NDSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1981. Helen loved her church, her family, and her friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Fred; her brothers Clark, James, and Robert; and son-in-law Michael Barner.

She is survived by: her son, John (Peggy) Williams of Arthur, ND; daughter, Julie Barner of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, John (Megan) Williams, Jennifer Williams (Rob Parker), Jessica (Andy) Alsop, Erik Barner; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Esther Fredrikson; and, many special nieces and nephews.

Helen’s family would like to thank the staff at Elim Care Center for their wonderful care.

Memorials are preferred to Arthur United Methodist Church or NDSU Development Foundation.


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7 responses to “Helen Williams”

  1. Phyl steffes says:

    Edina MN
    My thoughts and prayers are with John and Julie. Helen will be missed, not only by me, but the the whole community of Arthur. We shared so many good times, not only in Arthur but Arizona too. What a good friend to my family.

  2. John and Joann Lawrence says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Julie, Jessica, and Eric and family

    You are in our thoughts and prayers and I know you will be celebrating an exceptional long and wonderful life of a classy lady. All the best
    John and Jo Lawrence

  3. Gerald Haga says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Helen was a sister-in-law to my Aunt Ad and treated my family like her own. She was a wonderful lady with a great spirit and she will be missed!!!

  4. Bonnie Colon says:

    North Judson INJulie, Jessica, and Erik,

    How fortunate you are to have had such a wonderful mother and grandmother and for so many years. I can only imagine how much you will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.


  5. Jane Pearson says:

    Sun Lakes AZ
    Julie, Wilbur and families,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
    Aunt Helen was one FINE lady in every sense of the word.
    You must always hold dear all the memories of the wonderful times you had with her.

  6. Laurie Cole Ness says:

    Julie, Jessica and Erik:

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Warm regards,


  7. Mike & Kathy Killoran says:

    Casselton ND
    She will leave a void in our lives. But will provide years of good memories.

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