Born January 29, 1959, in Mason City, Iowa, Gloria Diane Helling was the youngest child born to Raymond LeRoy and Mildred Helena (Dietrich) Lee. She graduated from North Central High School in Manly, Iowa, then attended NIACC in Mason City, and was employed at Sedars Pontiac Cadillac in Mason City. She worked several summers as a counselor at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City.
On June 20, 1981, Gloria was united in marriage to Scott Helling at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Manly. She and Scott lived in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1981-1990, where Gloria worked at First Data Resources. They then moved to Marshalltown and Gloria worked as finance secretary for the Marshalltown Community School District. In 1998, they settled in Ames, where she served as executive secretary for Mary Greeley Medical Center, retiring in September, 2014.
Gloria and Scott were blessed with two children, Erik and Ashlee. Gloria was the strength and rock of her family, always putting others’ needs before her own. She delighted in traveling and making many happy memories on family vacations, was a great cook, a true and loyal friend, and enjoyed entertaining in her home.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Scott; two children, Erik (Kristin) Helling of Minnetrista, MN, and Ashlee (Tyler) Braland of Ames; a much-loved granddaughter, Brielle, and another eagerly anticipated grandchild due in April; two brothers, Marlyn (Faye) Lee and Carlton (Dianne) Lee, all of Mason City; a sister, Sharron (David) Petznick of Northwood; her mother-in-law, Marlene Helling of Story City; sisters-in-law, Merle Lee of Commerce City, CO, and Rosalind (Steve) Gordon of Austin, TX; many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members; as well as a host of close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Richard Lee in infancy, Larry Lee, and Jerry Lee; and her father-in-law, James Helling.
Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Gloria and her family.