Funeral services for Helen Mader, 88 year old Buffalo woman who passed away Monday at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Friday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. from the Buffalo Wesleyan Church with Reverend Bob McHenry officiating. Visitation will be held from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside rites to follow the funeral. Donations in Helen’s name may be made to the Buffalo Wesleyan Church in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Helen Margaret Mader and her twin sister Ellen Elizabeth were born on October 1, 1922 in Buffalo, Wyoming to James and Lena Leath. Helen grew up on the family ranch on Powder River where she walked and rode her horse 5 miles to country school. She moved into Buffalo and boarded out while she attended high school. She graduated from Johnson County High School in 1940. After high school she attended Normal Training in Gillette and was certified as a teacher. She took a job as a teacher and taught at the Powder River School for two years. She was married in 1945 in Sheridan to Mike Poulos and they made their home in Sheridan where she worked at the Mt. Bell Telephone Office. She moved to Cody for a couple of years where she was an instructor for Mountain Bell. She then moved back to Sheridan where she continued working for Mt. Bell. In 1968 Helen and her daughter moved to Buffalo where she worked for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. She was married in November of 1969 to O.J. “Jim” Mader and worked a total of four years for the Sheriff’s Office. Helen took a job in the Court House and was the Deputy Clerk of Court for Nine years. In 1982 she bought the Update Ladies Boutique which she owned and operated until she retired in 1996. After retirement she continued living in Buffalo until the time of her death.
She was a member of the Buffalo Wesleyan Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Christian Women’s Club. Helen enjoyed camping and spending time in the Big Horn Mountains. She was an avid gardener and especially enjoyed her Bible Studies. She was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed crocheting and loved to shop. Helen also loved spending time with her daughter and family and especially cherished two trips to Mexico with them.
She is survived by one daughter Melody Hagenlock and her husband Lew of Greeley, Colorado; two brothers, Bob Leath and Allen Leath both of Buffalo; her twin sister Betty Dabney of Indio, California and one grandson Nicolas Hagenlock also of Greeley. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother George Leath, one sister Ann Leath Cusick and one infant Brother.