Mrs. Laity was born to Barbara and William Radmacher on April 6, 1914, at her grandparents' farm house next to Jack's Mill in Oquawka, Ill. As a child she often rode in their horse and buggy and enjoyed watching her grandfather operate the mill next to the old covered bridge.
She married Max Hobart Laity of Silvis in 1939. For several years she worked with Max at the company he founded -- Tri City Radio Supply in Rock Island. During the summers Helen and Max enjoyed boating on the Mississippi in their Chris Craft cabin cruiser with family and friends. After Max retired from his business they spent their winters in Sun City, Ariz.
Helen has five children, Tom Laity, Davenport; Elaine Laity, Rio Rancho, N.M.; Jean Carey, Boise, Idaho; Paul Laity, Chicago; and Jan Rasmussen, Atherton, Calif. She also has 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Helen and Max were happily married for 50 years until Max passed away in 1989. Helen continued to live in the family home in Rock Island until 2013, when she moved to Avonlea Cottages where she has met many new friends.