Former resident of Grove, Oklahoma, Helen Katherine McKinzie, age 88, died on Friday March 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Helen was born on September 13, 1922 in Bigstick, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Bacharz) Drozdowski and grew up in Massachusetts. Helen was united in marriage to Roy L. McKinzie on November 30, 1946, in Springfield, Missouri. In her younger days, Helen loved dancing, ice-skating and roller skating. She and Roy enjoyed square dancing with Green Country Square-dancing in Grove for several years, and she was a member of the local clogging group until she was 70. Helen enjoyed Tole painting, cake decorating, tatting, knitting, crocheting, hat making, costume designing, furniture building and wood carving. Helen was a member of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grove, Oklahoma.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Geneva Pysz and Virginia Koch; and one brother, Theodore Drozdowski.

Helen is survived by her four children, Sharon (and Gary) DeHaemers, Overland Park, Kan., Kathleen (and Steve) Craven, Kansas City, Mo., Wayne (and Rene) McKinzie, Taos, N.M., Marie (and Tim) Rodreick, Orlando, Fla. She was blessed with nine grandchildren, Brian (and Kim) Reynolds, Liberty, Mo., Kristin (and Roc) Sapenaro, K.C, Mo., Kim (and Dale) Simms, Indianapolis, Ind., Laura (and John) Schmidt, Prairie Village, Kan., Elliott (and Amanda) Craven, K.C., Mo,† Emmie (and Brian) Barker, K.C., Mo., Tucker McKinzie, Denton, Texas, Katie Blanchette, Boston, Maine, Tyler Blanchette, State College, Pa.; and ten great-grandchildren, Brittany, Joshua, Anna, Mia Sapenaro, Emily, Liam, Maddie Reynolds, Skyler and Violet Simms, Jude Schmidt.

The family will have a short visitation at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grove, Oklahoma with funeral services starting at 11 a.m. with Father Phil Lawrence officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Buzzard Cemetery.

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Services are under the direction of Ellis Family Funeral Home of Grove, Oklahoma.