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Helen K. Grimmett

d. January 26, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the Second Christian Church in Vandalia, Missouri.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Second Christian Church in Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Rev. M. Faye Vaughn.
Music provided by: Faith Tabernacle Choir.
Interment will be in the Green Ridge Cemetery in Frankford.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Greene, William Wheeler, Joe Walker, Roger Chatman, Kenneth Wheeler and Michael Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers: James Stapleton, Roy McQuay, Matthew Salmon and Chester Fugate.

Helen Katherine (Porter) Grimmett passed away at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri. She grew up and attended country schools in the Frankford area. Helen was the oldest member of the Second Christian Church in Vandalia. As a member of the church, she was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship and had sang in the Senior Choir. After moving to Vandalia with her husband in 1937, Helen worked for many, many years for Alfred Betts at both his furniture store and at his home. She enjoyed watching television, fishing and barbequing.

Born: December 9, 1911 in Frankford, Missouri the daughter of John and Arphelia (Acuff) Porter.

Married: Harley Grimmett in Vandalia in 1937; he preceded her in death in 1961.

Survivors include: several cousins and special friends, Catherine and Matthew Salmon of Vandalia.

Preceded in death by: parents and husband, Harley.

Memorials are encouraged to the Second Christian Church of Vandalia.

January 19, 2013
Parrish, Frances Ann age 88 of Vandalia
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, Missouri.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Balwanz.
Music provided by: Mike Ray - pianist.
Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Mike Ray, Paul Ray, Art Wiser, Paul Galloway, Frank Wallace and Jimmy Robinson. Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Crisanto Gualberto, Ray Werner and Jerry Zimmer.

Frances Ann Parrish passed away unexpectedly at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Missouri. She was a graduate of Vandalia High School with the class of 1940. Frances Ann attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, majoring in history and French and graduated with an AB degree in 1944. She then returned to Vandalia to help care for her father in the late days of World War II. Following his death, she and her sister attended Stanford University in California until her sister's marriage there. After secretarial training in Chicago, she returned to Bryn Mawr College in 1946 to begin a master's program involving research in history at Washington, DC. With heatlh problems, she returned again to Missouri, lived and worked in Columbia, Missouri until an auto accident required home care in Vandalia. After her mother's death in 1974, Vandalia became her permanent residence and she lived in the more than century old home on West State Street. Frances Ann maintained memberships in local chapters of D.A.R. and P.E.O. and was a life member of the American Association of University Women and the State Historical Society of Missouri. She enjoyed the farm planning of her family's 320 acre farm and the continuance of family history in Vandalia through the Vandalia Area Historical Society.

Born: February 25, 1924 in St. Louis the daughter of Dr. John Conley and Mary Alice (Hanna) Parrish.

Survivors include: one niece, Mary Christine Erickson of Rocklin, California.

Preceded in death by: parents; one sister, Mary Ellen Erickson.

Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church of Vandalia or the donor's choice.

January 10, 2013
Clifton, Dora Mae age 84 of Bowling Green
Monday, January 14, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the New Harmony Christian Church near Curryville, Missouri.

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the New Harmony Christian Church near Curryville.
Officiating will be: Pastor Dawn Turner.
Music provided by: Deborah Kraft - pianist.
Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Ryan Clifton, Derek Clifton, Matt Parks, Joey Palmer, Allen Staton and Allan Kraft.

Dora Mae (Gore) Clifton passed away at 3:20 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Country View Nursing Facility in Bowling Green, Missouri. She lived most all her life in rural Vandalia or the New Harmony area. Dora Mae was a 1947 Vandalia High School graduate and member of the New Harmony Christian Church, where she was active in the CWF group. She enjoyed embroidery, cooking, gardening, attending horse shows, playing bingo and had been active in the Peppy Circle 4-H Club.

Born: August 27, 1928 north of Vandalia the daughter of Claude Basil and Lora Mae (Powell) Gore.

Married: Vernon Merle Clifton on October 21, 1951; he preceded her in death on October 24, 2000.

Survivors include: one son: Merle L. Clifton and Julie Kendrick of Mexico, Missouri; two daughters: Jane and husband, John Gartman of Bowling Green; Shirley and husband, Stan Geiselman of Burlington, Iowa; four grandchildren: Ryan and wife, Lindsey Clifton of Columbia; Derek Clifton and Allison Tveitnes of Columbia; Sara and husband, Matt Parks of New London; Hanna and husband, Joey Palmer of Bowling Green; three grandchildren: Luke Parks, Layla Parks and Blake Palmer; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Vernon; one brother, Powell Gore and one sister, Dorothy Martin.

Memorials are encouraged to the New Harmony Cemetery Association.

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