SIKESTON -- Helen Mae Oliver, age 91, of Sikeston, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in St. Louis.
Born April 18, 1921, in Sikeston, to the late James and Ida Wallace, Helen raised two wonderfully successful children, Patsy Jean and Emory Caleb.
Helen was a dedicated worker and spent 35 years at the International Florsheim Shoe Factory. The last five years of her career she served as the first female arbitrator for the United Union. She spent five years as a certified nurse assistant at the Delta Missouri Hospital.
An avid volunteer who gave over 27 years volunteering at the local Sikeston nursing homes, where she was recognized and awarded many honors for her dedication, she truly enjoyed caring for those in need and would never tolerate a person going hungry. Helen's philosophy in life recognized that what truly mattered "was that children and dogs like you," as they will see you for what you really are.
Helen loved to travel, go fishing and enjoyed her family immensely.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by: two former husbands, Buster Vaughn and Caleb Oliver; a daughter, Pasty Jean Vaughn Winkelmann, and another daughter in infancy, Elizabeth Oliver; a beloved granddaughter, Lora Renee Oliver; and eight brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by: her son, Emory Oliver of Potosi; a son-in-law, Loren Winkelmann of Bloomington, Ill.; five grandchildren and their spouses, Christopher Oliver, Kimbrala and Martin Payne, Pamela and Donald Marshall, Angela and Jason Misch and Jason and Tonia Stull Winkelmann; nine great-grandchildren; and her very special nieces.
Visitation will be held from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Ponder Funeral Home. The Rev. Randy Conn will officiate.
Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
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