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Funeral: A private service was held in McConnell Cemetery, Nixa. Memorial onations may be made to Valley Hills Animal Rescue, 1496 S. FR 63, Springfield 65802.

Helen Orlena Salzman, 94, of Ozark, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Ozark Riverview Manor. She was born June 2, 1925, in Springfield, the daughter of Herbert Dean and Helen Edna (Hyder) Anderson. She was a 1943 graduate of Central High School.

Helen worked as a switch board operator for Southwestern Bell for many years. She retired after working for Montgomery Ward as their operator. She was very active in the Ozark Senior Center and served on the board of directors. She enjoyed playing cards and dominoes at the center and loved to dance. Helen was kind and had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed traveling, especially to the ocean. Her children were her greatest passion. Helen also enjoyed animals and even took care of rescue dogs.

Helen is survived by three children, Lawrence Gene Lane and wife Jeanne of St. Louis, Nanette Burnett and husband Mike of Ozark, and Renee Howard and husband John of Springfield; a grandson, Zach Salzman, and a great-grandchild, both of Springfield.

Helen's son, Garon Dean Salzman, preceded her in death May 13, 2019. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Louise Anderson.