Helen E. Kaighin, 94, daughter of John Beddow and Annie Mary (Castleman) Kaighin, was born Jan. 20, 1916, at Tyrone, Mo. She passed away Nov. 23, 2010, in the West Vue Nursing Home, West Plains, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Frank Kaighin, Luther Kaighin and Don Kaighin; and three sisters, Ruth Smith, Dorothy Kaighin and Mary Craig.
She is survived by one sister, Edna Holder of Houston, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Helen grew up in the Yukon area. She attended school in Summersville and graduated from Summersville High School. She graduated from Springfield Teachers College and later received her masters from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark. She taught in several rural schools and retired from the Francis Howell School District, St. Charles County, Mo.
Helen enjoyed crocheting and needlework, making many gifts for family and friends. She loved to travel with her sister, Ruth, and husband, Bob, traveling throughout the United States and visiting all the state capitols. One of her greatest interests was genealogy. She was the “go to” person if there were any questions about family background. Of special interest to her was the immigration of the Kaighin family from the Isle of Man to America. She researched their beginnings and their pilgrimage to America even traveling to the Isle of Man.
Helen had accepted Jesus as her Savior early in life. She was very active in the Eunice Baptist Church, serving as secretary for many years. She also taught Sunday School and was a willing worker in any area needed.
She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Eunice Baptist Church with visitation from 1-2 p.m. prior to the services at the church. Officiating the services was the Rev Harold Smith. Burial was in the Ozark Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Stan Smith, Tony Kaighin, Don Womack, Xavier Kaighin, Larry Meusch and Charles Smith.
The family had requested memorials be made to the Ozark Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.evansfh.com