August 16, 2007

(6/2/1939 8/12/2007)

Helen Shoemaker, 68, of Memphis, MO, passed away unexpectedly in her home August 12, 2007.

Helen was born June 2, 1939 in Ottumwa, IA, the daughter of Paul Ivan Westhoff and Icle Louise (Billhymer) Westhoff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Tony D. Small; one daughter, Terri (Small) Davis.

She is survived by two grandchildren, Tenneille Speer and husband, Kris of Rutledge, MO, and Brooks Small of Columbia, MO; two great-grandsons, Zander and Zayne Speer. Helen is also survived by two brothers, Ron Westhoff and wife, Judy of Greentop, MO, and Russ Westhoff and wife, Jean of Pensacola, FL; and one sister, Michaelene Hart of Pacific, MO; three aunts, Karen Cline of Bloomfield, IA, Bess Hess of Bloomfield, IA, and Anna Belle Johns of Burlington, IA; many, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and beloved dog, Hash.

Helen was raised in the Scotland County area and attended and graduated Scotland County High School in 1957.

She married Dennis O. Small Jr. and to this union, two children were born, Tony and Terri.

Helen worked various jobs throughout her life including the license bureau and as a nurse aide. Though most of her life, she was a caregiver and homemaker for several individuals. She served as secretary of the OATS Committee for several years until her death. Helen was also a history enthusiast, collecting and storing many historic moments and literature. Helen also enjoyed collecting different glass dishes and figurines. She took great pride in her knowledge of history, her home, family, friends, and was very loyal to any commitment she made.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 15, 2007, with family receiving friends from 6:00 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, August 16, 2007. Burial will be in the South Bethel Cemetery. Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO will be handling the arrangements.

Memorial are suggested to the family and can be left at or mailed to Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO.

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