On June 7, 2009, Helen Berry Andelin passed away of natural causes on the family farm at Pierce City, Missouri. She was born May 22, 1920, at Mesa, Arizona, the daughter of Herbert Alonzo Berry and Anna May Whiting, and attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
She is the author of "Fascinating Womanhood", completed in 1963, a text on marriage advocating a woman's use of feminine traits to awaken the love of her husband. "Fascinating Womanhood" has sold in the millions and is commonly considered a broad movement of some controversy, very much opposed to the "women's liberation" movement. Her writings include "... making your husband king" and showering him with admiration and understanding.
Helen Andelin has received extensive media coverage in the past, including Larry King and Barbara Walters appearances. Documents of her long crusade are now archived at the University of Utah, and her work is expanding into countries like Japan and Russia under a non-profit foundation called Renaissance Society.
Her husband Aubrey Andelin died June 29, 1999. She is survived by her brother F. Dean Berry of Los Angeles, 8 children (Lane Andelin, Brian Andelin, Dixie Forsyth, Kristine Hales, John Andelin, Virginia Leavitt, Paul Andelin, and Merilee Saunders), 61 grandchildren, and 101 great grandchildren. Helen Andelin's funeral will be held Thursday, June 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in Monett, Missouri. Her remains shall be buried in a family cemetery at Pierce City, with funeral arrangements by Lakin Funeral Home. In memory of the deceased, patrons are invited to contribute to a charity of their choice.