Helen Edith (Pagel) Quinley, of New Franklin, died Thursday, July 5, 2013 at Ashley Manor Care Center in Boonville. She was 90 years old. She was born May 7, 1923, near Boonesboro, Missouri to Amiel E. and Elma Lee (Wells) Pagel.
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She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Terry Wayne; daughter, Jennifer Gail; brother, Albert Gustav Pagel and sister, Rosa Lee Coy.
Her husband, Charles Cedric Quinley, to whom she married in Seattle, Washington on December 24, 1944, survives her. Also surviving are seven children, Charles Ronald (Marsha) Quinley, Marcia Diann (John "Eddie") Phelps, Sherry Delaine (Ronnie) Hackman, Brenda Jean (John) Felts, Sandra Dee (Mike) Kroha, Denise Dale (Dan) Cotton and Tami Sue (Kenny) Hendrix; brother, Norris Edward Pagel, sister, Flora Darlene Merrick, twenty grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren.
Helen grew up in rural Howard County attending schools at Boonesboro, Burton and Farmers High and attended Central Methodist College in 1941-42. Her father taught her how to play the piano in what we now call the "Floyd Kramer" style. She played for her church in her youth and for family and friends throughout her life.
Much of Helen's life was devoted to raising her children and caring for her grandchildren, as well as working several part-time jobs eventually retiring from the US Postal Service. She was a member of the New Franklin Christian Church.
Her legacy is one of being a kind, gentle, caring and loving person to all who knew her. She leaves a large family and a multitude of friends with a love that will last a lifetime.
Funeral services honoring Helen's life were held Monday, July 8, at the New Franklin Christian Church. Burial will follow at Boonesboro Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the New Franklin Christian Church or Boonesboro Cemetery Association in care of Markland-Yager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 126, New Franklin, Missouri 65274.
Published in Boonville Daily News from July 9 to July 17, 2013