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From: "Vera Reeves" <>
Subject: [ARIZARD] Richardson obit Feb 7
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 13:10:47 -0600
References: <20090219133529.FGQJ6.504601.root@mp07>

This might be the mother of Helen below.
1910 Lafferty, Izard, Arkansas
Hiram M. Tate 32
Martha Tate 25
Eldie W. Tate 3
Audie Tate 2 *******

Also there was this in SSDI files.
Audie Grigsby b. 13 Mar 1908 d. 27 Jan 2008
last known residence Wenatchee, Chelan, Wash
SS issued in Arkansas

"IF" my memory is correct Anderson was a small community in Baxter County.
There are a lot of Tates still in Izard County.

There is a Hiram and Martha Tate buried in the Reeves Cemetery.
He died in early May 1965 and she the later part of May 1965.
I checked for obituaries, Calico Rock paper states with Aug and Melbourne is
missing 1965.

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From: "Lorene" <>
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Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 12:35 PM
Subject: [ARIZARD] Richardson obit Feb 7

>I have never heard of Anderson, AR nor could I find it on the Road Atlas.
> Maybe someone on the List knows the familyRichardson, Helen Angeline
> Grigsby (Paid Notice)
> View/Sign Guest Book
> Helen Richardson, of Wenatchee, died peacefully in University Place, WA on
> Tuesday, February 3, 2009, following an extended illness. She was 81. Her
> daughter had the honor of being attentive at her bedside when she was
> sweetly ushered into glory. Helen Angeline Grigsby was born August 23,
> 1927, to Charley and Audie (Tate) Grigsby in Anderson, AR. She was the
> eldest of five daughters. Seeking a better life, her parents moved the
> family to Cashmere when Helen was a teenager. Helen soon decided to return
> to Arkansas to finish high school, which she did. After graduating, Helen
> rejoined her family and worked various jobs. She was working as a waitress
> in Wenatchee when she met the dashing Gomer Richardson. They eloped
> (probably much to her father's relief) and married on April 18, 1949. With
> Helen's blessing, Gomer re-enlisted in the Army. Thus, she traveled the
> world as an Army wife. By the time of Gomers 1966 retirement, Helen had
> had at least 13 addresses during her marriage.!
> The couple also had two daughters along the way. After Gomer's
> retirement, Helen and the girls moved to Gresham, OR (Address #14!). Gomer
> never rejoined the family and the couple divorced in 1972. During that
> time, Helen busied herself raising her daughters and working various jobs.
> As an empty nester, she worked for Electronic Specialty. She retired from
> that job in 1989. Shortly after retirement, Helen moved to Wenatchee to
> help look after her own mother. Helen loyally took care of her mother,
> until Helen's own dementia made it impossible. For the past few years,
> Helen has resided with her eldest daughter (and family) in Tacoma. After
> suffering a debilitating stroke, Helen has lived in a care facility this
> past year. Coming from a poor background, Helen never had the opportunity
> to learn how to do everyday things like swim, ride a bike, or roller
> skate. Still, being the gifted and creative person that she was, Helen
> bloomed wherever she was planted. She taught herself to!
> sew and clothed both of her daughters during their growing up years.
> Being a cancer survivor, she actively campaigned against breast cancer.
> She volunteered at Wenatchee's Care House. She was avidly
> pro-life; and, in spite of her reserved manner, she actually group
> picketed an abortion clinic on one occasion. (Go, Mom!) She was a terrific
> cook and hostess. She loved crafts and to crochet. Many, many homes in
> Wenatchee and beyond have tasted or displayed the work of Helen's hands.
> She worshiped and served her Lord faithfully at Calvary Bible Church. She
> was the very best mother she knew how to be. She was an excellent example
> of taking the little that is given you and really making something out of
> it. She was and is loved. She will be greatly missed.
> Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Charley in 1982, and Audie
> just one year ago; two sisters, Jean Thompson (1991) and Ina Stewart
> (1/31/09); and three beloved nephews. She is survived by two daughters,
> Terri Whitman (Bill) of Tacoma and Jan Angela King of Spokane; six
> grandchildren, Jeremy Whitman of Mountlake Terrace, Adam Whitman (Nikke)
> of Graham, Eric King of Seattle, Crystal Whitman of Portland, Austin King
> of Kirkland and Charlotte "Charly" Whitman of Tacoma; and one
> great-grandchild, Chloe Whitman of Graham. Helen is also survived by her
> two dear sisters, Charlene Parks of Fuquay-Varina NC and Nina Miller of
> Wenatchee/Yuma, AZ; and a multitude of friends and extended family
> members, all of whom she loved deeply.
> Funeral Services will be held at Calvary Bible Church, 605 First Street in
> Wenatchee, on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a
> Graveside Service at Wenatchee City Cemetery. Viewing will be held Sunday,
> February 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Monday February 9, from 9 to 10 a.m. at
> Jones &amp; Jones~Betts Funeral Home, 302 9th Street, Wenatchee. Memorials
> may be made, in Helen's name, to Calvary Bible Church of Wenatchee.

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