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Helen Hunt

Oct. 13, 1920-Dec. 17, 2008

Helen M. Hunt, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes.

Helen M. Harrington was born to Charles and Lucille (Collette) Harrington on Oct. 13, 1920 in Frazee. She grew up near Frazee, and attended country school in rural Frazee and Detroit Lakes. On Dec. 3, 1939 she married Clair Sharp in Detroit Lakes. They made their home in Excelsior, Minn. In 1962, they moved to California.

On March 3, 1973 Helen married Stanley Hunt, Jr. in California. They lived there until moving back to Detroit Lakes in 1986. They enjoyed traveling, spending many winters in the southern United States. Helen entered Emmanuel Nursing Home in January 2006.

Helen was a kind, generous woman. She liked to cook, bake and make jam. She was also an accomplished organist and pianist. Her grandchildren remember her as the grandmother who always gave them gum.

Surviving Helen are her daughter, Mara Avila of Detroit Lakes; three sons, Ronald (Doris) Sharp, Orrin (Suzanne) Sharp and Randy (Dianne) Sharp, all of Colorado; two stepdaughters, Charlene Chapman of California and Barbara (Don) Shipp of Oregon; one stepson, Stanley Hunt III; 17 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; one brother, Neil (Darlene) Harrington of St. Paul; as well as three sisters, Lorraine Carlson of Frazee, Hazel Stenske of Albert Lea, Minn., and Arlene Larson of Rockford, Minn.

Preceding Helen in death were her first husband, Clair Sharp; second husband, Stanley Hunt Jr.; and two brothers, Paul and Richard Harrington.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, with Emmanuel Chaplain Vicki Marthaler officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services.

Casket bearers are Michael Avila, Darren Bremseth, Brianna Bremseth, Dylan Bremseth, Graham Haller and Alex Avila. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, has been entrusted with arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at