Helen Louise (Jenkins) Dooley

Helen Louise Dooley

January 23, 1926 - August 3, 2011

Helen Louise (Jenkins) Dooley, age 85, of Jefferson City, died Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at Adams Street Place, Jefferson City. Helen was born January 3, 1926, at Fowler Creek in Boone County, a daughter of Herbert and Freda Purcell Jenkins. She was a fifth generation Missourian. After attending elementary school in Callaway County, she became the first in her family to graduate high school, doing so in 1944 from Jefferson City High School. In July 1944, she married Carl Dooley in Jefferson City. The day they were married they moved to St. Louis where they found jobs working for General Cable in the war effort. After the war they returned to central Missouri where they began their family. Helen was a kind Christian woman who lived a quiet life raising her children and caring for her home. Sometimes working two jobs as a single parent, she worked hard to provide for her three children. During her work history she was employed in various capacities at: Tweedie's Footware, Brown Shoe, International Shoe, Von Hoffmann Press and Chesebrough Ponds/Unilever before her retirement in 1988. In her retirement she was a voracious reader and enjoyed flower gardening, piecing quilts, traveling, attending estate auctions and garage sales, antiquing and visiting flea markets. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Leesa and Art Wimberley of Jefferson City; her daughter-in-law, Lala Dooley of Jefferson City; two granddaughters, Sara Dooley of Jefferson City and Jessica Rogers of Augusta, Georgia; one grandson, Parker Jones of Belle; two great-grandsons, Chase and Brice Rogers of Augusta, Georgia; one great-granddaughter, Kaydence Jones of Belle; and one sister, Luella Eiken of Eldon. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by two sons: Bryan who died in 1998 and David who died in 2008; two brothers: Victor and Spencer Jenkins; and two sisters: Carmen McMahon and Bernice Goad. Friends will be received from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, where funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Murl Nash officiating. Interment will follow in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Boone County. Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main, (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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