Helen Lewis Raby, daughter of Lunda Manford Lewis and Louise Schneider Lewis, sister to three older and two younger brothers, was born in Harlan, Iowa on Christmas Day 1910 and passed from this life on August 11, 2014 at the age of 103.
At the age of 8, she moved with her parents and family to South Dakota where they resided on a farm 15 miles east of Edgemont. She attended the Fairview School in Iowa, a little county school near the Cheyenne River, and graduated from the 8th grade. Subsequently, Helen attended Edgemont High School until her senior year when she was forced to leave to help care for her ailing mother. Helen later receive an honorary degree on August 6, 2010 from Edgemont High School, just before her 100th birthday.
On November 27, 1929, she was united in marriage with Tom Raby at the parsonage by the Old Methodist Church. Five children,  grandchildren,  great-grandchildren,  great-great grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren blessed and continue to bless this union.
Over the years, Helen took in laundry and ironing to supplement their income. In her free time you could always find her crocheting—always sure to not miss a stitch. Helen’s attention to detail, work ethic, devotion to family, and adoration of friends is and always was her greatest legacy.
Helen and Tom lived in and near Edgemont all their married life until Tom passed away on June 1, 1967. She continued to live in the old home until October 1977 when she sold it and moved into, and was the first resident of, Hillcrest Apartments in Edgemont.
Helen was a lifelong member of the Hesperian Rebekah Lodge number 34 and the United Methodist Church. Helen continued to be active in the community, even later in life, as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a group of ladies who called themselves the SOB’s—“Sweet Old Birds”. On several festive occasions, Helen was honored with keys to the City of Edgemont, having the day declared “Helen Raby Day”.
Helen’s greatest days involved friends, community, and family. Helen’s worst days involved friends, community, and family. There are quite literally so few people in this world who embody these values as well as Helen.
Surviving are her five children—two daughters, June Robinson of Broken Arrow, OK; Susan Beaver of Grand Prairie, TX; three sons—Joseph Raby of the U.S. Navy, San Diego, CA; Russell Raby of the U.S. Navy, Edgemont, SD; and Richard Raby of the U.S. Marines, Edgemont, SD.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the many among the Egdemont community who loved, cared for, and cherished Helen for so many years. In particular, Terry Rathke, Dorlene West, Clayton Horst, her Hillcrest neighbors, nurses, and caregivers.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m., Monday, August 18, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Edgemont.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 18, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Edgemont, with Rev. Tom Peacock and guest minister Rev. Robert Duemig officiating.
Interment will follow service at the Edgemont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Helen’s memory can be made to benefit either the Diabetes Foundation or the Edgemont Volunteer Ambulance Service.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs. Written condolences can be made at www.mccolleyschapel.com.