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Helen Ruth McLaughlin, Nov. 18, 1927 — Aug. 14, 2012, of Columbia

August 15, 2012 | 6:39 p.m. CDT

Helen Ruth McLaughlin is once again dancing with her husband as she joined him in Heaven on August 14, 2012.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, August 17, 2012, at the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.


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Helen was born on November 18, 1927, in Ilasco, Missouri, to John and Lena Konko. She graduated Valedictorian from Ilasco High School in 1945. On a train trip from Chicago to Hannibal, Missouri, she met her soul mate and love of her life, R. Wayne McLaughlin, and they were later married at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ilasco, Missouri, on July 28, 1951.

After a brief stay in Michigan City, Indiana, the honeymoon couple moved to Columbia, Missouri, where Helen helped start and raise a family while Wayne worked on his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri. Helen worked for MFA Inc. for 33 years as the primary photo lab technician for Today’s Farmer magazine, an agricultural publication distributed by MFA Inc.

After retirement from MFA in 1987, Helen and Wayne enjoyed traveling, taking several trips to Florida, Arizona and a couple of trips to Ireland.

Every trip together always involved dancing as this was their common passion.

Helen also enjoyed her daily walks and was often known in Columbia as the “little lady that walks along Forum Blvd.” Helen never met a stranger and always greeted everyone she met as “honey.”

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, a brother John, and her husband R. Wayne McLaughlin.

She is survived by a daughter, Cindy McLaughlin of Columbia, a son Tim McLaughlin, daughter-in-law Yvonne McLaughlin, and two grandsons, Ryan and Brendan McLaughlin, all of Columbia.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Inter-parish School in Columbia.

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