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Helen Mae (Drake) Clapsaddle
Helen Mae (Drake) ClapsaddleCardinalHelen Mae (Drake) Clapsaddle, 101 of Richwood, died peacefully at home, Tuesday morning, November 1, 2016.

She was born July 8, 1915 in a country home outside of Agosta (New Bloomington), the daughter of Earl and Mabel (Manley) Drake.

A 1933 graduate of New Bloomington High School, she survived seven wars, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and the War on Terror.  Helen was an active member of the Richwood Civic Center, and helped with the meals.  She was the oldest living member of Pharisburg United Methodist Church, and belonged to the WSCS.  Helen enjoyed being in the bowling league at Richwood Lanes.

She had worked as a substitute cook at the Leesburg-Magnetic Elementary School and had been employed at Livingston's on the Corner in Richwood for 13 years.  She was an organic gardener, always sharing her vegetables with friends, family and neighbors, and also enjoyed growing and sharing her rose gardens.  Helen was fond of feeding and watching birds.

On May 10, 1936, she married George F. Clapsaddle in Prospect, and he died in February, 1985.  She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Elsworth Drake and Roland Drake; two sisters, Ruthella Johnson and Rachel Willis; a son-in-law, Kenneth C. Greene, Jr. and two nephews, John Johnson and Douglas Willis.

She is survived by her daughter, Carole Sue “Cookie” Greene, Richwood; a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Drake, Marion; five nieces, Mary Ann Rutter, Patty Crampton, Deborah Willis, Martha Lloyd, Marcia Price; six nephews, Jerry L. Drake, Gary Drake, Brent Willis, Tom Drake, Mel Treese, Merle Treese; and numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Judy Cramer officiating.   Burial will follow in LaRue Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 PM.

Memorial gifts may be made to Pharisburg United Methodist Church, 13317 Ohio 347, Marysville, OH 43040; Loving Care Hospice, P. O. Box 613, Marysville, OH 43040; and Richwood Civic Center, 235 Grove Street, Richwood, OH 43344.

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#1 from: Linda Raupp
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Am so very sorry for your loss.
I am glad I was able to meet and help care for her.  God Blees

#2 from: joe jerry sloop
 richwood ohio
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Helen was one of a kind. I so enjoyed her and will surley miss her. Now she is at peace . Jerry and I are sening our love to you and prayers.

#3 from: Dan Foos
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 7:09 AM

I send my sympathy, Helen was a special lady.

God Bless

#4 from: johna nibert
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 9:11 AM

So sorry for your loss of your Mother. She was one special Lady.

#5 from: Donnie and Kathie (Davis) Pfister
 Northfield, Ohio
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Cookie, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I remember her working with my Aunt Helen at Livingstons. She was such a nice lady and will be missed.


#6 from: Lynne Glass Ledley
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Cookie,my sympathy to your and your family on the passing of your mother.  She lived a full, active life and really enjoyed her life.  You are so blessed to have your mother for so many years and I know you will miss her very much.

#7 from: Barb Benton kemp
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 4:56 PM

i have so many fond memories of Helen and will miss her beautiful smiling face.  May she rest in peace.

#8 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Delaware, Oh.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 7:21 PM

Carol,So Sorry for your loss.Helen was a wonderful person that Ed and I were very blessed  know.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

#9 from: Walt & Nancy Everly
Florence, SC
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 7:39 PM


Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  I know the good memories will stay with you forever.

#10 from: Mary Howell
Marion, Ohio
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 9:53 PM

I'm was so sorry to hear of Helen's passing.  You have my deepest sympathy.  Mary Howell

#11 from: Gary Mannasmith
Creston, Ohio 44217
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 8:24 AM

A long life, well lived. Helen was sure a special LADY. My heart goes out to you at this time.

#12 from: Brent and Betty Willis
Wooster, Ohio
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Dear Cookie,
  We will miss Aunt Helen for sure! We have fond memories of her coming to the farm for the Holidays, and Birthdays! We always had a lot of fun and laughs didn't we!!! She always made me(Betty)feel apart of the family and am thankful to our Lord Jesus that I was able to know her. Brent and I loved her alot, and he also has fond memories of her when he stopped into see her at the store in Richwood when he was a teenager, and at Lake Erie playing cards. She will be missed but thankful for the memories.

#13 from: Marilyn Green Weary
Burke, VA
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Dear Cookie,

I will always remember cousin Helen for her kindness and delightful laugh.  We are richer for knowing her.

#14 from: Rebecca George
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Cookie,  I am remembering the bus trip to New Orleans that many of us from Richwood enjoyed.
It was one of the best "Civic Center" trip ever! That's when I got to know you and your mother.
Becky George  

#15 from: wayne and gerie boyd
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 7:59 AM

i would like to send our prayers to Cookie in the lose of your mother and to tell you just how proud she is of you for taking so good care of your mother all your life. Now we both know she is where she wants to be and having a great time  in her new life. Gerie and I always loved going in and talking to her when we were done mowing she always had some interesting things to say. to us she was a great lady and truly well be missed. your friends W&G

#16 from: Norene Redmond
Prospect Family Medicine
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 8:56 AM

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was such an inspiration to us with her humor, kindness and smile. I know she will be greatly missed!

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