Funeral services for Helen Meyer were held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory, SD, with Pastor Justin Wheadon, officiating, with an Easter Star service.
Music was provided by DeNalda Fotuna, pianist and bagpipes by Wyatt Bordewyk. Nona Meyer was in charge of registration.
Casket bearers were Xander Valburg, Alex Laguna, Geoffrey Meyer, Brad Folkers, Greg Grimshaw and Forrest Keefe. Honorary casket bearers were Willis Dickson, David Ervin Dickson, Michael Holloway, Harland Folkers, Donnie Boyd, Gibby and Sarah Dillon nephews, nieces and granddaughters.
Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery in Gregory, SD. Kotra-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Helen Maxine McCollam was born to Lela (Lewis) and James Mc-Collam on May 18, 1929, at Dixon, SD, she was the middle of three children, older brother, Archie, and younger brother, Wayne. Following her childhood years on the farm north of Dixon, the family moved to Gregory, SD. Maxine graduated in 1947 from Gregory High School. Post high school, Maxine attended Black Hills Beauty College and was a professional hair dresser for a period of time. After meeting at a dance in Carlock, SD, Maxine married William Delvin Meyer on June 10, 1952, making their home in Mission, SD, where they owned and operated Meyer U-Wash Laundromat. To this union five children were born, James William, Mary Jane, Dwight Allan, Laurie Ann and Heather Kay.
Maxine was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star since 1956. She also attended the United Methodist Church and took part in preparing meals and making unique decorations for church bazaars.
Becoming somewhat of a historian, Maxine researched her genealogy to become a member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Maxine was proud of her Scottish heritage, sporting her McCollam tartan for many years at the Scottish Highland Festival in Estes Park, CO. Being fearful of flying but wanting to see Scotland, she sent her daughters on a mission to see the beautiful rolling hills of the Caledonian country in her stead.
Maxine enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, sewing (and teaching her daughters to sew), embroidery, square dancing, Scottish festivals, attending auctions, collecting and refinishing antique furniture, and even learned to paint with oils.
She passed away on August 6, 2019, at 90 years of age, in Gregory, SD.
She is survived by her children: James (Nona) Meyer of Winner, SD, Mary Jane (Alex) Laguna of Longmont, CO, Dwight Meyer of Mission, SD, Laurie (Dave) Dickson of Council, NC and Heather Meyer of Raeford, NC; grandson Geoffrey Meyer of Winner, SD; granddaughters Kayla and Krista Meyer of Suffolk,VA; grandson Xander Valburg of Mission, SD; brother Wayne (Carol) McCollam of Bismarck, ND; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Archie (Darlyne) and Delvin, her husband of 59 years.