Helen M. Fridblom

Helen (Stringham) Fridblom, age 93 of Lawrence Kansas died on December 29, 2020, succumbing to complications from Covid 19.

Raised in Lawrence Helen Stringham graduated from University of Kansas in 1950, and married Arthur Fridblom that same year. They moved to Kansas City Kansas where Helen brought up her four children. Being active in the PTA, ultimately becoming the Kansas State PTA President. Working later as a “Lay Reader” for the KCK Public Schools grading English papers.

She worked tirelessly on the genealogy of both her parents and husbands’ parents’ lineage, long before the internet craze. Writing volumes on each lineage while annotating and documenting each reference. All her writings are still held as a family treasure. Helen also loved arts and crafts, many of her drawings, paintings, pottery, and jewelry, have been passed down as family treasures. Her favorite hobby was to make porcelain dolls, from molding the original cast, creating and firing the greenware, to sewing the period appropriate clothing for each doll.

After retiring Helen returned to Lawrence where she grew up, she was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth Stringham and RP Stringham, husband of 55 years, Arthur Erick Fridblom, her brother, Howard Stringham, and sister Dorothy Ferguson. She is survived by her children Barbara Miller of Lawrence, Kansas, Karen Barnes, of Dallas, Texas, Eugene Fridblom, of St. Louis, Missouri, and Grace Vaughn of Baldwin City, Kansas; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren across the United States

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to Visiting Nurses of Lawrence and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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  1. Jim Thompson on January 4, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Helen certainly had a wonderful life. Although I do not know Helen, I know her wonderful daughter, Barbara, and my thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May the loving memories of your times with Helen help sustain you during these next days.

  2. Jean Ann Summers on January 4, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    I also did not know Helen but do know Barbara. After reading about Helen, I now understand Barbara’s deep love for her mother. Helen has a legacy of wonderful contributions to her family and to the world. May we all take inspiration from her life, and may her family take comfort from her many blessings.

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