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Helen L. Crosson

February 4, 1936 — April 22, 2022

Helen Lucille Crosson (Hill), 86, formerly of Raymore MO, passed away April 22, 2022 at St. Joseph Place in Overland Park Kansas, surrounded by family.

Helen was born in 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri, at the old St. Joseph Hospital. She grew up in the Kansas City area. Her mother, Mildred Hill (McCoy), was from Mound City, Missouri. Her father, Leo Hill, was from Iola, Kansas. In high school, Helen was very active and the historian in the Alpha Beta Chi Sorority. Helen graduated from Westport High School in 1954.

Helen worked while also attending high school, so she could buy her own Ford convertible. After graduation, she worked for Studebaker automotive, and Hallmark cards. While living in Kansas City and raising her children, she ironed white shirts in her kitchen, for a nickel a shirt. In 1975, about the time they moved to Peculiar, Missouri, Helen and her husband Bill started their own electrical company, called Centennial Electric. As the Vice President Helen did almost every job in the company. She was the office coordinator, bookkeeper, secretary, order fulfiller, and delivery person.

Helen later worked for Dodson Insurance, Kmart as a sales associate, and Big Lots for ten years, as their bookkeeper, retiring from Kmart and Big Lots.

Helen was a very creative and active person. She had a talent for writing and painting. She taught us kindness and appreciation of family and good friends. She loved all animals. Any animal that was injured or hurt or just needed a home would find their way to her, and she would often take them in. She passed that love on to her children and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her mother Mildred Hill (McCoy) and her father Leo Hill, her ex-husband of 30 years, Bill Crosson; brother, George Hill (Jack); sister, Bonnie Lalicker; sister Delores Link, and many other loving family, friends and pets.

Survivors include her daughters Jackie Bencke, her husband Clifton; Roxie Lanier, her husband Steve; her son Trey Crosson, his wife Marianne. Her grandchildren, Nathan Biggerstaff and his wife Katherine, their daughter Adeline, Helen’s first great granddaughter; Trenton Biggerstaff and his wife Britney, Audrey Lanier, Lance Lanier and Aly Lanier.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 PM, services following visitation, 1:00 PM to 2:00PM, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO. Burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Road Kansas CIty, MO.

Remembering Helen’s love and compassion for all animals, memorials can be made to Wayside Waifs in Kansas City Missouri, or Great Plains SPCA in Merriam Kansas,

Link to Wayside Waifs: https://secure.waysidewaifs.org/site/Donation2?df_id=6516&6516.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T

Link to Great Plains SPCA: https://greatplainsspca.salsalabs.org/memorials/index.html

Service Information:

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 PM, services following visitation, 1:00 PM to 2:00PM, at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd, Kansas City, MO. Burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Road Kansas CIty, MO.

Remembering Helen’s love and compassion for all animals, memorials can be made to Wayside Waifs in Kansas City Missouri, or Great Plains SPCA in Merriam Kansas,

Link to Wayside Waifs: https://secure.waysidewaifs.org/site/Donation2?df_id=6516&6516.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T

Link to Great Plains SPCA: https://greatplainsspca.salsalabs.org/memorials/index.html

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