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Frances Charlene Teague

August 18, 1927 — July 27, 2020

Frances Charlene Teague, age 92, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 1:45 am Monday, July 27, 2020, at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia.  

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Waters Funeral Home. Pastor Bob Hoehn will officiate. Burial will be in the Vandalia Cemetery following the service.

A visitation celebrating the life of Charlene Teague will be held at 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the Waters Funeral Home.

Frances Charlene Teague was born near Curryville, MO on August 18, 1927, the first of seven children of Ernest Ellis and Frances Van Duzer Lamme. She attended rural Vandalia schools, graduating from Vandalia High School in 1944. She then went to live with her aunt and uncle, Arthur and Mildred Krieg in Riverside, Illinois, working in their office and attending Lyons Township Junior College. After graduating in 1946 she worked as secretary to the scale division manager of Fairbanks Morse Company in Chicago.

She married Wilmer E. (Bill) Teague of Laddonia, MO on May 1, 1948. Later in the summer of 1948 the couple moved to St. Louis where she worked as a secretary at Rexall Drug Company. After moving to Vandalia she worked at Woodward Automotive until she and her husband became co-owners of the Rebylarch Restaurant and Service Station. After selling that business, she owned and operated Charlene's House of Fashion until after her husband's death in June of 1972. In 1973 she moved to St. Charles, MO and worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for Reifsteck and Lamme Grading and Excavating (later Reifstek and Sons), retiring in December of 1992.

In July of 1994 she moved back to Vandalia to look after her mother. Charlene was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Vandalia Area Historical Society and a director of the museum. She enjoyed reading, working word puzzles, volunteering at the museum and revisiting through photos and brochures of her travels to 34 states and 13 foreign countries.

She is survived by sisters Carolyn Reida, Mary Cox, Margaret Christensen, Martha (Ernest) Lewis, numerous nieces and nephews and special friend, Fowler Ennis. Also surviving are two very special people in her life; Annette Kirwan her "Lincoln County daughter" and Virginia Pehle her "Audrain County daughter".

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, infant sister Priscilla, brother Arthur and two brothers-in-law.

Pallbearers are Howard Pehle, Dan Pehle, Jim Teague, Mike Lamme, Paul Ray, Phil Ennis, Chris Kirwan and Mike Ray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vandalia Area Historical Society, in care of Waters Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Frances memorial page at 

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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

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