Gifford, Helen

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Helen Gifford, of Christiansburg, Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 3, 2009. Helen Seely Gifford was born December 4, 1917, to Maude and Clarence Sealy, of Walton, N.Y. She graduated from Walton High School in 1936. Helen worked for Dr. Holly and wife, then married Grenfall Gifford on August 20, 1938, at her parents’ home in Walton (Northfie1d), N.Y. Her husband became a minister. They had five children, Reuel E.M. Gifford, of Central Falls, R.I., Bradford (and Nadja), of Three Mile Bay, N.Y., Erik Arne (deceased), of McCraken, Neb., Majken (and Skip) Mathis, of Blacksburg, Va., and Edris T. (and Frankie) Perdue, of Christiansburg, Va. She is survived by 14 beloved grandchildren; 17 greatgrandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. Helen donated her body to science as a gift for research. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009, at the Trinity Baptist Church in Christiansburg, Va., with Pastor Monroe Hedrick officiating. There will also be a memorial service at Faith Fellowship Church in Watertown, N.Y., on Sunday, March 8, 2009, with Pastor Mike Bartholomew officiating. Arrangements by DeVilbiss Funeral Home, Radford, Va. “Home in Heaven with family and loved ones at last.”