Obituary of Virginia Helphrey
Virginia F. Helphrey, 85, of Centralia, Mo., formerly of Windsor, Mo., and Warsaw, Mo., died Wednesday evening, February 5, 2020, at her home in Centralia. Virginia was born October 5, 1934, in Windsor, Mo., the daughter of Harman Ferguson and Mildred Vestine (Dundas) Ferguson. On August 9, 1958, at the First Baptist Church in Warsaw, Mo., she married Clyde Homer Helphrey and he preceded her in death on January 26, 2020. After high school she worked as a clerk for the Federal Reserve in Kansas City. Upon marrying Clyde she became a world traveler. While he was deployed to Vietnam the family resided in Windsor where she worked as a dental assistant for Marchbanks Dental Office. In Wichita Ks. she worked as a medical administrative assistance. Throughout her life, the titles that meant the most to her was wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of Sturgeon Baptist Church in Sturgeon, Mo., and had also attended Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Warsaw. She was a member of the Henry County Chapter DAR and enjoyed knitting, crochet, and sewing. Survivors include 2 sons, John E. Helphrey (Linda), Yukon, Oklahoma; Lynn H. Helphrey (Ruby), Suffolk, Virginia; 2 daughters, Melodie A. Benton (Randy), Spring Hill, Florida; and Carman J. Rowan, Centralia, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Hunton, Green Ridge, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Clyde Leslie Helphrey, Shawnee, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband Clyde, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Harold Ferguson and his wife Shirley, and Gene Ferguson and his wife Janet; and 2 great-grandsons. Joint graveside memorial services for Clyde and Virginia will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020, at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor with Pastor Pete Hill officiating. The family suggests contributions to the Laurel Oak Cemetery and may be left in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor.