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Helen Lucille Gifford

Birth Date: June 27, 1948
Death Date: February 10, 2017

Decatur-Helen Lucille Gifford, 68, of Decatur, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Helen was born June 27, 1948 in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of Homer and Mardell (Souders) Gifford. She was previously employed as a car hop with Steak N Shake. Helen was an avid Cub fan and enjoyed playing cards and watching soap operas and westerns.

Helen leaves behind her children Linda Kay Shepherd, Richard Lee (Phyllis) King, Kathy Ann (Patrick) King, a brother Harold (Kay) Gifford, sisters Gloria Knotts, Cindy (John) Funk, and Debbie Burcham, and several loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Darlene May and Carol Howell.

Visitation to celebrate Helen’s life will be from 5-7 PM Monday, February 13, 2017 in the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home.

The family of Helen Lucille Gifford is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

February 13, 2017
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Sorry for your loss
    She was our second cousin unfortunately we didn't get to know each
    Love and prayers from Minerva L Gifford Reynolds Family
    Lisa K Reynolds -Tate
    Howard and Barb Reynolds

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