Helen Irene McConnaughey

Friday, December 8, 2006

Helen Irene McConnaughey, 80, Lowry City, Mo., formerly of Richards, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Truman Lake Manor in Lowry City. She was born Sept. 8, 1926, in Nevada, to William James Brewer and Linnie Jane Simmons Brewer. She married David Platt McConnaughey on Oct. 23, 1943, in Salina, Kan. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1974.

Helen attended Richards High School and was a resident of the Richards area most of her life. She lived in Nevada before moving to Lowry City in 2002. She was a homemaker most of her life, a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary in Fort Scott, Kan., a Vernon County 4-H leader, a member of the Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Deepwater, Mo., and a Sunday school teacher at Truman Lake Manor.

Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Keith and her husband, Bryan, Deepwater; two grandsons, Christopher Keith, Clinton, Mo., and Zachary Keith, Tulsa, Okla.; one brother, Gilbert Eugene Brewer, Richards; one sister, Ruby Sammons, Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister-in-law, Dorothy McConnaughey, Richards; numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her friend and companion of the past 30 years, Herman Eugene Vandenburg. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, two sisters, and one infant daughter.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 11, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Interment will follow in National Cemetery, Fort Scott. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends from noon to 1 p.m., on Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

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