The Woodford Sun

Versailles, Ky.


About Us

Recent Obituaries

January 24, 2008



Mother Ellen Curran, 84, founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph the Worker, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home. The Sisters of Saint Joseph the Worker administer Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Wheeling, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Cornelius Joseph and Ann Brown Curran. She was raised in Bellaire, Ohio. She entered the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Nazareth, Ky., in 1942. She was an educator and an administrator, teaching in various schools in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Virginia. In 1973, with the permission of the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes, she founded the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker, under the direction of Most Rev. Richard H. Ackerman, Bishop of Covington. In April of 1974, the new community was approved by the Sacred Congregation for Religious as a new Congregation of Diocesan rite. During her tenure as superior general, she was also deeply involved in the efforts to support the renewal of religious life as intended by the Second Vatican Council. To this end, she served on the board of the Consortium Perfectae Caritatis, Forum of Major Superiors, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, and the Institute of Religious Life.

Survivors include a sister, Therese Larkin, and a brother, Joseph Curran, both of California.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 24, at All Saints Catholic Church in Walton, Ky. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Taylor Manor Cemetery in Versailles. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Guest book at



Vickie Lynn Downs, 59, of Lawrenceburg, wife of George W. Downs, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital East.

Born April 5, 1948, in Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late James and Lucille Hanes. She was a member of Farmdale Baptist Church, and had over 25 years of service at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

In addition to her husband of 18 years, she is survived by a daughter, Tonja Turpin; two stepdaughters, Tammy (Ransom) Mattox and Missie Underwood; two stepsons, Tim (Vickie) Downs and Rickey (Lynn) Downs; 12 grandchildren, Brannon and Brittany Shockley, Clinton and Shawn Mattox, Bobbie Jean Underwood, Josh Poole, Melissa, Tammy and Tiffany Downs, George, Rhonda and Rickie Downs; a great-granddaughter, Brookelynn Camille Shockley; two brothers, Bo (Mary) Hanes and Rick (Deb) Thomas; and several nieces and nephews. A daughter, Shanda Turpin; a granddaughter, Marissa Turpin; and sister, Kitty Bryant, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Clark Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. Rick Clark. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bud Hamrick, Brannon Shockley, Darrin Hanes, Josh Poole, Clinton Mattox, and Shawn Mattox.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Childrenís Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be made at



Helen Waldie Hicks, 79, of Midway, widow of Dr. Newell G. Hicks, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Lucille Waldie. She graduated from Wellesley College and Stanford University. She was a member of Midway Presbyterian Church, Junior League of Lexington, and a former member of Idle Hour Country Club. She was a longtime member of the Woodford County Library Board and was instrumental in starting the Midway Library.

Survivors include her children, Lucy (Terry) Worrell, Amanda (Rick) Wallin, R.W. (Judy) Hicks, Mary (Greg) Blaydes, James (Marcia) Hicks, and Isabella (Greg) Cole; a brother, Benjamin Waldie; a sister; Isabella Vobach; and 13 grandchildren, Alex, Taylor, and Hannah Worrell, Dusty and Kristi Hicks, Zac, Will, and Drew Blaydes, Nathan, Newell, and Callie Hicks and Quinn and Wyatt Cole.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Midway Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Mary Seeger. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. W. R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Midway Library, P.O. Box 4160, Midway, KY 40347, or Midway Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 343, Midway, KY 40347.



Edna Mae Arnold Johnson, 90, of Frankfort, widow of Clyde Morris Johnson, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born July 18, 1917, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of the late James and Lilly Edith Howard Arnold. She was a line operator for 30 years at National Distillers, a member of Millville Christian Church, and a member of Eastern Star.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Priestley, Frankfort; three sons, David Johnson, Versailles, James Johnson, Frankfort, and Mark Johnson, Florida; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A brother, James William Arnold Jr., is deceased

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Dr. Ray Holdren. Burial will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Casket bearers will be Keith Woodside, Bryan Johnson, Lance Kahn Johnson, Bill Arnold, Jim Barta, and C.L. Watts.

Condolences may be made at



Grace Willmott Myers, 83, of Lexington, widow of Grant Fragstein and Charles David Myers Jr., died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Samaritan Hospital.

Born Oct. 17, 1924, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late George Fletcher Willmott Sr. and Sarah Kennedy Willmott. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, the Leestown Road Homemakers, the Fayette County Womanís Club and a previous board member for Bellewood Childrenís Home. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. A member of the UK Alumni Association, she served on the board of Spindletop Hall, was a member of the Lexington Club and an avid football and basketball fan. She taught for many years at Lafayette High School and was instrumental in starting the cheerleading association. She was one of three founders of the Kentucky Association for PEP Sponsors and the Kentucky Cheerleaders Clinic.

Survivors include four children, David (Cheryl) Myers, Ruston, La., Judy Myers (Francis) Owings, Atlanta, Ga., Paul (Elaine) Myers, Harrison, Ohio, Bob (Suzanne) Myers, Covington, La.; a niece, Lancye (Joe) Douglas, Webster, N.Y.; a nephew, Ken Willmott, Midway; and her grandchildren; Jennifer (Troy) Yates, Lisa Gaines, Patterson Owings, Caroline Owings, Alyce Myers, and Annie Myers; and a great-grandson, Sam Gaines. A brother, George Willmott, and a granddaughter, Amy Myers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. The W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 171 Market Street, Lexington, KY, 40507, or a charity of oneís choice.



Randall "Randy" Noe, 73, of Frankfort, husband of Patsy R. Noe, died
Monday, Jan. 21, 2008.

Born Jan. 25, 1934, he was the son of the late James Arthur and Fannie Milby Noe. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a regional lockmaster at Lock #4 on the Kentucky River for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Phyllis (Thompson) Kesling, Debbie (Tommy) Powell, and Patti (Mark) Lovett; a son, Randy (Donna) Noe; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers. A son, David Allen; a grandson, and two sisters, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 24, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Larry Noe and the Rev. Jerry Noe. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Honorary casket bearers will be Bill Pulliam, Damon Mitchell, Jay Johnson, Mike Nalley, Jim Nalley, Brad Bailey, and members of the Menís Golf Association.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Home of the Innocents, 1100 E. Market Street, Louisville, KY 40206.

Condolences may be made to



Myrtle Hensley Spicer, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born July 4, 1922, in Breathitt County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Sarah Hays Hensley. She retired in 1994 from Taylor Manor Nursing Home, where she cooked and helped in the kitchen. She had also worked as a cook at Hollowayís Restaurant and at Mucciís Restaurant.

Survivors include three daughters, Lou Salyers and Alice Little, both of Jackson, and Helen Watts, Versailles; a son, James Spicer, Versailles; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Gloria Etta Todd and Anna Mae Lovely, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 20, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Emily Hall.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

Guest book at

Obituaries from past issues: Click here