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Helen V. Griffith

d. September 1, 2017


Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating: Mr. Kenny Haddock.
Music: selected favorite songs.
Interment: Lick Creek Cemetery in Perry.
Pallbearers: Ralph Kuda, Mike Kuda, Joe Wayne Kuda, Monte Moss, Patty McLain, and Dale Graves.
Honorary pallbearers: Alec Bauman, Hannah Bauman, Morgan Slatten, Madalyn Swafford, Jackson Cook and Jaden Cook.

Helen V. (Graves) Griffith age 90 of Vandalia, passed away at 7:48 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. Helen attended rural schools in Ralls County. Helen met and married her husband, Marvin, in Perry. Together they opened and operated the Café Bar and Grill in Center in the mid 1960s for about four years. Then they owned and operated Griffith's Package Store in Perry for 18 years, retiring in 1983. Helen was a member of the Perry VFW Post 4008 Ladies Auxiliary. She also was an avid Cardinal baseball fan and enjoyed reading. Helen loved spending time with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Born: October 25, 1926 in New London, Missouri the daughter of Ollie Ray and Lola Bea (Long) Graves.

Married: Marvin Glen Griffith in Paris, Missouri on July 24, 1946; he preceded her in death on January 7, 2004.

Survivors include: one daughter, Irene J. and husband, Freddie Day of Vandalia; one sister, Josephine Moss of Vandalia; two grandchildren: Jody and husband, Matt Bauman of Vandalia; Jennifer Day of Vandalia; six great-grandchildren: Alec Bauman, Hannah Bauman, Morgan Slatten, Madalyn Swafford, Jackson Cook and Jaden Cook; also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Marvin; seven brothers: Bill Graves, Merl Graves, Ralph Graves, Jerry "J.R." Graves, Marselle Leake, Lloyd Leake and Glenn Leake; three sisters: Eva Pearl Leake, Nellie Fern Lent and Alice Kuda; also one grandson, Keith Wade Day.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the donor's choice.

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