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Versailles, Ky.


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Margaret Van Arsdall “Peggy” Kitchen, 86, of Big Sink Pike, wife of Harold Kitchen, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

For 13 years, she was the Home Demonstration Agent in Woodford County. The daughter of the late Maud Rose and Riker Samuel Van Arsdall, she was born in Mercer County. She attended Kentucky Wesleyan College and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Home Economics. An avid gardener, she loved working with flowers and for many years prepared the floral arrangements on Saturday afternoons at the Versailles United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Her membership and involvement in the Little Garden Club and the Woodford County Woman’s Club were much a part of her life.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Sally Kitchen; and numerous nieces and nephews. Eight brothers and sisters are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at the Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home. Cremation will follow services and interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery at a later date. Pallbearers will be Ollie Nichols, Doug Drew, David Dotson, Wick Asbury, Tommy Van Arsdall, and Bill Van Arsdall. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., today, Thursday, Nov. 4, at the funeral home.

Donations in memory of Margaret “Peggy” Kitchen are suggested to the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504-3277.



Lyda Bowman Fisher Long, 91, of Lexington, widow of Paul B. Long, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William and Laura Fisher.

Survivors include a nephew, James Fisher; a niece, Laura Underwood; an adopted daughter, Monta Long; two adopted grandchildren, Ricky and Maria Long; and other relatives.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Helen “Gary” Sanders, 81, of Versailles, formerly of Lexington, widow of Clyde A. Sanders, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Born April 14, 1923, in Swedesboro, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Eugene Wiley and Lavenia McMurray Garrison. She was a graduate of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. In World War II, she served as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy as a Yeoman 2nd class. She lived in the Chicago area for 30 years, where he was president of the American Colloid Co. The Sanderses retired to Lexington in 1980. In 1982, they started the business, “Stoneview Saddlebreds.” She was a president of the Woodford County Woman’s Club and had been a member since 1988.

Survivors include two sisters, Marie Hollingworth, California, and Lucille Knebel, Maryland; and a niece, Susan Kuyasa, California.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Randy Nation. Entombment was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Harish Patel, John Croll, Thomas Mich, Ambrose Jones, Bill Meincke and Richard Kuyasa.

Contributions may be made to Hope Chapel Santa Rosa, 4983 Sonoma Hwy. #D, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.



Marilyn Helge Schmitz, 76, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Anita Stocho Helge.

Survivors include two sons, Dan Nehring, Versailles, and Andrew Nehring, Wisconsin; a daughter, Chris Pohlman, Missouri; a brother, Fred Helge, Illinois; and five grandchildren.

Private graveside services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at the Bethel Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Arlis Edward Strong, 70, of Cincinnati , Ohio, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at Loveland Health Care Center.

A native of Gilpen, he was the son of the late William and Lola Owens Strong. He was a retired truck driver for Gunther Trucking Company.

Survivors include four daughters, Beverly Russell, Indianapolis, Ind., Terri Doane, Cincinnati, Sandy Ping, Versailles, and Brenda Gross, Cincinnati; a son Donnie Strong, Cincinnati; a sister, Agnes May, Cincinnati; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Larry Goss. Burial was in South Fork Cemetery, Liberty. Casket bearers were Shon Ping, Dessi Turner, Joey Gross, Jesse and Casey Strong, Sean Lanter, Jeff Deardorff and Mike Hoskins.

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