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Helen Wendling Gunter, 100, formerly of Walton, passed away at Golden Living Center on Dec. 29, 2017. She was born July 28, 1917, to Jess E. and Laura M. (Preiser) Wendling. She married Harold Paxson in July of 1936; he preceded her in death in 1943. She later married Paul D. Gunter on Jan. 22, 1944, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 1979.
Helen was a mother and homemaker. She was a member of the Walton Christian Church for 89 years. She also belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 184 and was a charter member of the Walton American Legion Auxiliary #418.
Surviving family include her son, P.D. Gunter, Kokomo; and four grandchildren, Paula (Joe) Marshall, Logansport, Pam Foster, Mexico, Indiana, Patrick (Kelli) Gunter, Galveston, and Danielle Hughes, Galveston. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Mitch Michael, Kristi Michael and Justice Gunter of Peru, Joey Gunter, Belgium, Wisconsin, Caleb Hughes and Laura Hughes, Galveston; and five great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a niece, Judy (Earl) Cain, Walton; and nephews, Jim (Susie) Hammond, Walton, and Randy (Nikki) Hammond, Kokomo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Harold Paxson and Paul D. Gunter; one son, Bill Paxson; and sisters, Margaret W. Hammond and Virginia K. Kinnaman.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston with Pastor Bill Collins officiating. Private graveside services will follow at the Walton IOOF Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from noon until the time of services at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Walton Christian Church in her memory.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Golden Living Center for the care and kindness to Helen during her stay there. Arrangements have been entrusted to Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston.
Published on December 31, 2017
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