Obituary: Helen Sizelove

Helen Sizelove, 85, passed away on aturday, Jan. 9, at Presbyterian Manor in Newton.

Helen was born on Sept. 12, 1930, in Mountain Grove, Mo., to Taylor and Anna (Williams) Sails.

Helen married her best friend, Claudie Sizelove, and they were married for 49 years and he preceded her in death.

Helen loved the life of a farmer, rancher, gardener and being in the outdoors. She raised Black Angus Cows, was a horseback rider and square dancer. She had multiple careers as she worked as a rural school teacher, nurse?s aide, real estate broker, auction clerk for Sizelove Auction Co. and bookkeeper for Axtell Clinic.

She is survived by children: Leta (Mings) Thomas and Mike, Kate (Sizelove) McPheeters and Phillip, Debbie (Mings) Ford, Cindy (Sizelove) Pyl and Jelke, and Mark Sizelove and wife, Candy; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Anna and Taylor Sails; brother: Aaron (Buck) Sails, sister: Zelma (Sails) Fetrow; and husband: Claudie Verle Sizelove and son in law, Ben Ford.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Petersen Funeral Chapel in Newton. A visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. A graveside committal will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

A memorial has been established for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, P.O. Box 52074, Phoenix, AZ. 85072-2074.

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