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Laurilyn D.  "Lauri" Helmers

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I grew up with Lauri in Sibley and we have been in contact and shared many special times throughout our lives.
We went off to college together and were room mates in Brookings, South Dakota. Our paths went different ways but we always tried to get together if we could. Once when visiting relatives in Iowa we made plans to meet. She cancelled and I was so disappointed, but understood when she said she was in the hospital having her appendix

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Posted by: Debby Hall - Chico, CA - Friend   Feb 19, 2016

Besides modeling and teaching superlative and vigilant patient care for our UIHC patients, she and I shared an anesthesia department office and also lodging expenses at many conferences for continuing medical education. She demonstrated genuine concern for the improved safety of vulnerable patients and that is a huge part of her legacy within our University of Iowa Health Care. I cherish being an invited guest to her wedding & also staying with Lauri & Kirk during another medical meeting while

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Posted by: Jeanette Harrington - Iowa City, IA - Friend   Feb 14, 2016

Lauri was first my attending when I was a resident and fellow. She had become a colleague, friend, mentor, and much more. She was always willing to help me, always ready to listen, always ready to share ideas. She will be greatly missed by many at work, but especially by the pediatric anesthesia staff and sedation staff at the University of Iowa. May God grant her peace and may God's healing be upon those who miss her.


Posted by: Katherine Keech - Coralville, IA - Coworker   Feb 14, 2016

I was so saddened to hear that Lauri had passed away. I attended pharmacy school with Lauri at South Dakota State University and while we weren't close friends we were all part of the graduating class of 1979 Pharmacy Family and you tend to form a sort of bond with each other. Lauri was always a kind, cheerful, studious student that took very good notes! I am glad I got to see her at our 2014 Pharmacy reunion but didn't

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Posted by: Randy Armbruster - Sleepy Eye, MN - Classmate   Feb 13, 2016

My heart breaks for your loss. Know that we are thinking of you and that Lauri will be missed greatly! She was a great colleague.


Posted by: Ann Smith - Iowa City, IA   Feb 13, 2016

My memory of Lauri, is her cheerfulness and always willing to listen. I remember the many times I walked into her office to chat (her door was always open) and never once was she too busy to spare a moment. She will be missed and I pray that the Lord will comfort her family and loved ones in this difficult time. "Death is swallowed up in victory" "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (I corinth 15:55)


Posted by: Unyime Ituk - Iowa City, IA - Coworker   Feb 12, 2016

I am very sorry to hear that Lauri has passed. I will always be grateful to her, for helping prepare me for a career in anesthesia and a life helping others. I am fortunate to have trained under her as a resident. May she rest in peace.


Posted by: John Wallace-Talifarro - MI - Student   Feb 12, 2016

I will remember Lauri as a ceaselessly cheerful, upbeat colleague who was always willing to take the time to answer my clinical questions about the care of pediatric patients, who helped teach me new techniques, and who was incredibly supportive of her co-workers' and trainees' projects and interests. She did some wonderful things to improve processes at UIHC, and seemed especially focused on issues related to patient safety & communication among various team members. Her initiatives to improve handoff and

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Posted by: Kirke Rogers - Iowa City, IA - Coworker   Feb 12, 2016

Lauri and I roomed together on Woolf Avenue for four years during her residency and fellowship. I enjoyed getting to know her. She was fun to be around, had a good sense of humor and was kind and generous. We kept in touch after she moved out and married Kirk, having dinner not only before they left for Seattle and sadly enough, for the last time after they returned, but we managed to get together one summer when I visited

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Posted by: Lori Price - North Liberty, IA - Friend   Feb 11, 2016

Sorry to hear about Lauri's passing. Lauri helped me get through Pharmacy School- I always got her notes from certain classes. I remember a lot of good times at State. It was great to see her at our Reunion in Brookings. May God help you through this difficult time.
Mark Dady


Posted by: Markk Dady - Mobridgte, SD - Classmate   Feb 11, 2016