Helen C. Dankenbring

Helen C.  Dankenbring, 87, of Concordia, MO, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia with Pastor Paul Mehl officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Von Hippel Lindau (VHL) Foundation or Lutheran Good Shepherd Home Auxiliary Club in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home.  An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com
Born November 20, 1930, in rural Concordia, she was the daughter of the late Erwin Deke and Carolina “Carrie” Werths Deke.  She was confirmed on April 2, 1944, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  On June 4, 1950, she married Marvin Otto Dankenbring who preceded her in death on February 15, 1980.  They resided in Alma until 1958 when they moved to a farm in rural Concordia, where Helen assisted Marvin with the farming operation.  Due to her husband’s illness, they sold the farm and moved to town where she went to work for the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home as a waitress.  Helen worked at LGSH from 1975 until her retirement in 1999.  After retirement, she did volunteer work at the Good Shepherd Home for several years.  She enjoyed going on group bus tours with her friends, attending her grandkids sporting events, and crocheting.  In her later years she got involved in watching the Kansas City Royals and enjoyed daily visits with her neighbors.
Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Reed of Warsaw; one son-in-law, Stanley Palmer of Concordia; three granddaughters: Shelly Tagtmeyer and husband Brad of Concordia, Mindy Dohrman and husband Adam of Sweet Springs, and Jenny Giffen and husband Eric of Sweet Springs; two grandsons, Jesse Palmer and wife Misty of Concordia, and Daniel Palmer and wife Samantha of Eldon; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother, Harold Deke and wife LaVerna of Higginsville; as well as nieces, nephews, and many cousins.
In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by one daughter, Vicky Palmer; and one brother, Donald Deke.