Helen M. (Woods) Parkhill

Born: Wed., May 30, 1923
Died: Thu., Aug. 20, 2015


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 25, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Tue., Aug. 25, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Helen M. Parkhill, 92, of Oblong, IL passed away at 4:16 PM on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Ridgeview Care Center, Oblong, IL. Born on May 30, 1923 in Greenbriar, IL, she was daughter of James Lewis Woods and Dorthea E. York. On April 25, 1942 she married Alrex Eugene Parkhill and he preceded her in death on November 5, 1993.

Helen worked at L. S. Heath and Sons as a candy maker, she mowed eight cemeteries, was a dishwasher at Jake’s Smorgasboard and was a homemaker.  She was a member at Prior Grove Church, rural Oblong and was a Sunday school teacher there;  was a Sunday school teacher and also worked in the nursery at the Free Methodist Church in Robinson, IL. She enjoyed sewing; listening to books and the Bible on tapes; her grandchildren; singing and play guitars; cracking nuts and tending her flower gardens.

Survivors include her son and companion Rex Parkhill and Melva Vogle, Oblong, IL; two daughters and sons-in-law Jackie and Wayne Waggoner and Roanna and Harold Wartsbaugh, all of Oblong, IL; eight grandchildren Tracy (Parkhill)and Tom Decker, San Bernardino, CA, Teresa Johnson, California, Sheri (Waggoner) and Robert Alexander, Hunt City, IL, Waynette (Waggoner) and Jimmy Rogers, Oblong, IL, J.D. and Cathie Hightshoe, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Cheryl (Wartsbaugh) Hayden, Palestine, IL, Christy (Wartsbaugh) and Cliff Scott, Sarasota, FL and Cory and Erin Wartsbaugh, Oblong, IL; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; three sisters and a brother-in-law Louise Waggoner, Indianapolis, IN, Charlenes Boelt, Munster, IN, and Billie and Bill Cox, Sr., Oblong, IL; and a sister-in-law Priscilla Woods.

Preceding Helen in death were her parents; her husband Alrex Parkhill; step great grandson; 4 brothers George, Roy, Grant, and Jimmy Woods Jr.; 2 granddaughters Paula Decker and Linda Ledford.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL, with Bro. Jeff Monroney officiating. Burial will follow at the Prior Grove Cemetery, rural Oblong, IL. Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the funeral home.

The family request in lieu of flowers an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Helen Parkhill Memorial Fund, C/O Pulliam Funeral Home, with envelopes at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home, PO Box 121, Oblong, IL 62449.

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Reedman & Charlene Vaught
   Posted Wed September 02, 2015
Just saw of Granny Helen's passing while online. To Wayne & Jackie & all the family, please know that to us, she was one of the sweetest memories we have of Prior Grove. Our love & prayers go out to you all.
Bro. Reedman & Charlene Vaught

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