Helen Gilkey Grenard

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Helen Gilkey Grenard, 90

Helen was born February 14, 1923, in Waveland, to the late Herman and Elma Gilkey. She started school at Waynetown and then moved to Mellott where she graduated from high school. She attended 2 semesters at Purdue University studying Home Economics. In August 1948, she married Robert Grenard who preceded her in death in 2010.

Mrs. Grenard worked for Lafayette National Bank for twenty years. She assisted Robert in operating the Grenard Strawberry Patch for 20 years and also worked for Lafayette Paper Specialty, Purdue University and The Federated Church during her working career in Tippecanoe County. Her first job was working for F.W. Woolworth in Crawfordsville. She also worked at the Waynetown Post Office and Bank prior to moving to Lafayette.

Helen volunteered at St. Elizabeth hospital, Planned Parenthood and the Cancer Society.

She enjoyed traveling with her family and enjoyed attending Elderhostel's with her husband during their retirement years. Helen also belonged to the Weaver's Guild, Home Economics Extension Club, and the Quilter's Association and sang in her church choir at Federated Church.

Surviving is a daughter, Elaine G. Lucas (husband: Don) of Lafayette. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth Clemons of Indianapolis, Robert Brza of Frankfort and Rachael Smith of Indianapolis; and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Alan M. Grenard; and two sisters, Vera Storer and Vivian Rice.

A Memorial Service will be held at Federated Church 2400 Sycamore Lane, West Lafayette, IN 47906, on April 13, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lafayette Urban Ministry or the .

Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2013
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