Helen L. Postel

Helen L. 
Helen Louise Ferguson was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 4, 1930 during the Great Depression of 1929-1939, the first child of William Murl Ferguson and Eleanor Estellene (Offutt) Ferguson. When only 12 years old after completing 8th grade, Helen left school to help support the family of six. She found work at Fairyland Park in Kansas City. While at work there, she would go behind the scenes to watch the famous Sonora Carver’s horse diving performance so many times that they asked her to join the traveling team and learn the art. As she often told the story, the only reason she did not accept the offer was what became a lifelong fear of water!
In Kansas City, on April 6, 1945 she married her next-door neighbor, then USAF Sergeant Edwin (Ed) Postel. Together they raised three daughters and four sons during a marriage that endured for nearly 67 years before Ed’s death on February 26, 2012. Helen was a homemaker during the time they lived in Kansas City until October 1955 when they moved to Grandview, Missouri. They attended Prince of Peace Lutheran Church where Helen was confirmed and baptized on April 29, 1962.
On May 20, 1957, a tornado destroyed the family home, but they rebuilt and remained in Grandview for another ten years. Helen worked in the elementary school cafeteria for almost three years. Shortly after May 1967 when their oldest son, Terry, died tragically, the family moved to Springfield where Ed and Helen both worked at Zenith Manufacturing, Helen as an inspector on the repair line.
In 1977, they moved to Modesto, California where she and Ed worked as managers of the Oslo Apartments, a 48-unit apartment complex that Ed had helped construct. During their time in Modesto, Helen traveled with Ed on his motorcycle to participate in dances throughout California sponsored by their local square dance club. A special memory was from September 1981 when she and Ed joined their oldest daughter’s family on a seven-day trip to Oahu, Hawaii.
They returned to Missouri in 1982 and settled in Warsaw, where Helen and Ed worked with their son, Kevin, in his route sales business, TruSense Beverage Company. They became members of Faith Lutheran Church where Helen served as a Sunday School teacher and active member for the next two decades. In 1996 she and Ed traveled to Pretoria, South Africa to attend grandson, Zachary’s high school graduation; in 1998 to Manama, Bahrain for grandson, Randal’s graduation; and in 2000 they traveled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for their granddaughter, Vanessa’s graduation.
Once again catastrophe struck in June 2005. Helen and Ed lost their car, home and personal possessions when their Warsaw home burned down. Family, friends and members of Faith Lutheran Church gave help and comfort as they settled into their new home in Sterett Creek where they lived together until Ed’s death in 2012. After becoming a widow, Helen’s home became a place that her children and grandchildren and their children enjoyed for the next seven years as their own love-filled home-away-from-home, whether visiting for a day or staying the weekend.
Helen liked to get out and about as often as her health allowed; she accompanied her daughter Joyce to conferences in Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Baltimore. She especially enjoyed road trips to visit grandchildren in Texas, Louisiana and most recently, in June 2019, to North Carolina.
Helen’s favorite color, green, filled her home with plants of all sizes. And, as for flowers, she always said it was better to get them while alive, and her twin daughters, Kathlene and Marlene, liked to keep her vases filled on every special occasion. For a time, she was a member of her son, Randal’s fitness center, proudly wearing the logo T-shirt. She kept up to date by cell phone on the lives and work of all her children and extended family. A loyal fan like her sons Kevin and Bruce, when not hosting a gathering at home to watch the KC Chiefs football games, she would rehash the outcomes with them by phone. Helen loved angel figurines as her collection of large and small ones testifies. She loved her cat who was Precious to her after the loss of two she had prized before. Yet, above all things, Helen loved and kept her faith in God, reading His Word from any one of several Bibles and devotionals kept throughout her home; she loved her family and proudly displayed photographs and mementos on the refrigerator and walls of her home.
She is survived by her children: Joyce Coates and her husband, Gilbert, of Warsaw; Kathlene Gaines of Springfield; Marlene Brown of Mesa, AZ; Randal Postel of Warsaw; Kevin Postel of Marshfield; and Bruce Postel and his wife, Marty, of Kansas City; her brother, James Lee Ferguson and his wife, Relna, of Raymore. Her grandchildren: Zachary Coates (Laurie); Randal Coates; Vanessa Williams (Steven); Kristal Hicks (Gregory); Karissa Smith; Scott Brown; Brenda Waller (Beau); Bridget Grier (James); Craig Postel (Autumn); Austin Postel; Mariah Postel; Tanner and Tyler Gray and grandson-in-law, Larry Gregory. Also survived by 22 great-grandchildren and 23 nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.
Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Postel, her son, Terry Alan Postel, her parents Murl and Eleanor Ferguson, her sister, Betty Jo Brighton, her brothers Robert and William Winders and Gerald Raymond Ferguson, and her granddaughter, Melissa Dawn Gregory.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1201 Dogwood, Warsaw, MO 65355, with Pastor Carl Wendorff officiating. Burial will be at Cole Camp Cemetery, Cole Camp, MO.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Faith Lutheran Church or Cole Camp Cemetery in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.
Pallbearers will be Gilbert Coates, Craig Postel, Beau Waller, James Grier, Larry Gregory and James Ferguson, Jr.