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Helen May Caywood Wagner

Helen May Caywood Wagner, 92, wife of Glen P. Wagner, departed this life on May 31, 2023, at the Robertson County Health Care Facility in Mt. Olivet, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Carrie Mae Doyle Caywood Logan and Estill Thompson Caywood, born November 24, 1930, at Fairview, Nicholas County, Kentucky, the old Caywood homestead near Mt. Tabor. On her mother’s side she was descended from the Lyons and Whitaker families of Harrison County, including Josiah Whitaker a highly respected Methodist Episcopal missionary who rode the circuit between Oddville, Lair and Ruddles Mills, a history she cherished. She was educated in the public schools of Bourbon County and graduated from Paris High School in 1948, she was a book keeper and homemaker For more than fifty years she was an active member of the Town and Country Homemakers Club, serving as its President as well as serving the Bourbon County organization as treasurer for many years, Bluegrass Area and the Kentucky State organization; she rose to several leadership positions in the state organization, notably as Chairman of the Cultural Arts Committee. Helen was talented in many of the arts. She enjoyed painting and quilting, but she showed her outstanding ability in her teaching of basketry. A committee of Helen, Cathernine Langfels, Veva Watson and Carolyn Poe taught classes on a regular basis. This provided many people in our community the ability to learn an art that many still enjoy. While chatting with a dear friend recently Helen stated that homemakers was the love of her life and the many friends she made. She regretted when she had to retire due to health issues. She was also a loyal sustainer of the Bourbon County Fair Board.
She is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years, Glen Phillips Wagner; two sons, Estill Curtis Pennington and Richard Lee Wagner (Cheryl); four grandchildren, John Travis Wagner (Melissa), Elizabeth Wagner Waugh (Robbie), Molly Lee Wagner and Charles Phillips Wagner (Brittany); her great-grandchildren include Braylon Wagner, Logan Waugh, Carson Waugh, Adeline Wagner, Emilia Wagner, and Kenton Wagner. She also has several nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; one son, John Phillips Wagner; one daughter, Lisa Lynn Wagner-Long; a sister, Phyllis Caywood Whalen; and a brother, William Wallace Caywood.
Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 PM Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., Paris, KY., by Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper. Visitation was from 11:00 AM until the time of service on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers were Rick Wagner, Phillips Wagner, Travis Wagner, Robbie Waugh, Bill Bussell and Wayne Brown. Internment in the Jacksonville Cemetery following the service.
Helen had a lively personality and could be quite witty and charming. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her that way.
The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., Paris, KY.
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