Mallie Jo Werkmeister, 72, of Shepherdsville, died on Friday, June 29, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
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She was a graduate of Southern High School and the University of Kentucky, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in home economics. She taught school in Indiana and Kentucky, including adult education for the Jefferson County school system.
She was an active member of the Girl Scouts of America for over 40 years. She served in most offices on the extension council for the Bullitt County Extension Service and the District Council.
She was a strong advocate for the Extension Homemaker Ovarian Cancer Screening Program, which has now become a state program. During her prolonged battle with cancer, she continued to use her creative skills to make quilts, afghans and shawls that were auctioned during the Relay for Life events and donated to the Daughters of Ruth Ministry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph J. and Mallie Taylor Voll.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert L. Werkmeister; children, Lee Mallie East, Dr. James R. (Kelly) Werkmeister, Elizabeth A. (Cory) Smith; a sister, Barbara S. (Benson) Taylor; and nine grandchildren.
A celebration of life service and meal will be held at Cedar Grove Baptist Church on Sunday, July 8, from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council or the American Cancer Society.
Hardy-Close Funeral Home in Shepherdsville was in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Pioneer News on July 4, 2012