Helen B. DuRell

Helen B. DuRell, 96, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, September 12, 2019.  She was born July 16, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Hugo and Helene Radau.  She was the beloved wife of Clarence DuRell who preceded her in death, as did her parents, a grandson, Joseph Herman, and a son, Roger DuRell.  Helen spent most of her life in office management, and worked many years for Ozark Guidance Center.  Most remarkably, Helen was assigned to the spacesuit decontamination team following the Apollo 11 mission.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue Herman and husband Lee, Betty Bidwell and husband Michael; three grandchildren, Beth Stana, Alice Jackson, Denise Herman; four great-grandchildren, Savannah Stana, Max Herman, Mary Herman, Derek Jackson; a loving niece, Marie Cyboran; dear friends, Bob and Kay Jones, Gary Crews; and other family members and friends.

A memorial service was Tuesday, September 17, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Walnut Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Circle of Life Hospice for the wonderful care they provided Helen.

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I learned of Miss Helen’s passing through my brother, Gary. He was a great friend to Miss Helen for many years. He would refer to his morning visits with her as “Coffee with Miss Helen”. I had the honor to meet Miss Helen several years ago. She had a brilliant mind and a wicked sense of humor. She worked for NASA in a total male dominated society back in the 60’s. One of her greatest honors was being part of the team in charge of the decontamination process for Apollo 11. It is because of Miss Helen, young women can… Read more »