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Virginia May Helsel, 84, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. 

She was born Feb. 27, 1933 to Dennis Maxwell Booth and Mildred Catherine (Hart) Booth in Liberal. 

She married Gerald Lee Helsel May 17, 1952, in Clayton N.M.  He preceded her in death July 9, 2000.

She graduated from Liberal High School in 1943.  

She was a crew chief for Beech Aircraft on the 1900 Aircraft and the Beech Jet.  She worked for Beech Aircraft for 20 years, retiring in 1993.  

She worked as a clerk for Black’s Drug Store and she also worked for USD 480 at South Jr. High School in the cafeteria.  

Virginia was a charter member of Faith Tabernacle Church and she was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. She enjoyed working with ceramics, woodcrafts, roller skating, yardwork, gardening and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include son, Ronnie Helsel, Liberal; daughter, Ronda (Steve) McAdams, Liberal; brother, William “Bill” Booth, Missouri; sister, Sharon Wilkerson, Longview, Wash.; four grandchildren: Carrie, Myka, Brandon and Brandi; nine great-grandchildren: Ashley, Amanda, Farrah, Kyle, Clay, Maddi, Jacob, Cagle and Sylvia; and great-great-grandchild, Vaughn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Betty Handley.

 Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel, 1212 W. 2nd, Liberal, KS 67901, with Pastor Rex Petty presiding.  

Burial will be at Restlawn Cemetery in Liberal.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Liberal Animal Shelter in care of Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel, 1212 W. 2nd, Liberal, KS 67901.

Condolences may be left at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com. 




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