Helen M. Pelton, 100, was born April 7, 1921, in Hoisington, KS, the first of four children, to Harry and Meta Anna (Gerndt) Hall. She grew up in Kansas living in Hoisington where her family farmed, later moving to Hodgeman, Kansas, where she attended Holbrook Elementary School. Helen moved back to Hoisington and lived with her Aunt Amy and Uncle Jess Hall to finish high school, graduating from Hoisington High School in 1939. She then attended college at South Western College, a private Methodist college, in Winfield, KS. After attending college for two years, she went to work in Wichita, KS for Cessna Air Craft where she became a certified welder. Cessna moved their welding department to Hutchinson, KS so she moved with her job. While working for Cessna, an experienced welder took her under his wing and helped her through the ranks. That experienced welder would become the love of her life, Earl C. Pelton. On August 28, 1944, she married Earl in Hutchinson, KS. On that day, Helen not only got a husband, she also got a son, Larry E. Pelton. Helen and Earl celebrated 67 years of love and life together.