Helen J. (Hilburn) Staponski, 64, of Monett, passed away Friday, March 14, 2008, in Monett Health Care Center, Monett.
She was born July 24, 1943, in Butterfield, the daughter of William H. and Lona M. (Richardson) Hilburn. On Jan. 10, 1975, in Mt. Vernon, she was united in marriage to Johnny Staponski, who preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, Larry Gastorf, and two brothers, Charles and Samuel Hilburn.
Survivors include: four daughters, Lona Burtchett, and her husband, Tim, of Monett, Edna Wake, and her husband, James, of Billings, Tammy Hollesen, and her husband, Shawn, of Shell Knob, and Crystal Howard, and her husband, Scott, of Joplin; 13 grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Lakey, Rhoda Balch and Linda Coones, all of Cassville; and seven brothers, Jim Hilburn, of Exeter, Ralph Hilburn, Clyde Hilburn and Wayne Hilburn, all of Cassville, John Hilburn, of Wyandotte, Okla., Harvey Hilburn, of Winslow, Ark., and Jerry Hilburn, of Cassville.
She received her education at Butterfield and moved to Oregon, where she lived for awhile. From Oregon, she moved to Monett, living there several years. In 1986, she moved to Cassville, where she remained until four years ago, when she entered Monett Health Care. She had been a cook for Fasco and also the Rainbow Motel for several years.
Funeral services were held Monday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Pastor Charles Lauderdale conducted the services. Burial was at Russell Cemetery, Butterfield.
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