Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1948 RJC

Mary Helen Kirkpatrick MARY HELEN KIRKPATRICK SHORT, 79, passed away on Jan. 9, 2012, while living in Plano, TX. Mary Helen was born on Oct. 13, 1932 to Ester Yonker Kirkpatrick (RHS-1923) & Samuel Kirkpatrick. Mary Helen graduated from Ranger High School in 1948 and attended Ranger Jr. College at Ranger, TX achieving her nursing degree. She married Bill Short in April of 1954. Bill was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator. They had a son, Bob Short, in 1960. After Bill retired from the Air Force in 1971, Mary Helen and her family moved to Kimberling City, MO, where they lived until Billís death in Jan. of 2009. During her time in Kimberling City, Mary Helen was heavily involved in starting an animal shelter and was in charge of starting up & running the Kimberling City Library. After her husband died, she moved to Plano to be near her son, Bob. Mary Helen is survived only by her son, Bob Short who is married to Kim and they have a daughter named Kaila. Mary Helen's sister, Jeanette "Cookie" Cason (RHS-1952), died in 2000. HUSBAND: WILLIAM "BILL" SHORT, Kimberling City, MO, was born Sept. 4, 1930 in Marshall, TX & departed this life January 6, 2009 in Skaggs Community Hospital, Branson at the age of 78. Bill had lived in the area since 1971 coming from Sacramento, CA. He was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran having served for over 20 years. Bill was a well known community leader; and had worked as a real estate agent in the area for several years & later worked at Wal-Mart in Branson West. Survivors include: his wife, Mary Helen Kirkpatrick, (RHS-1948); son, Bob Short and wife, Kim of Frisco, TX; granddaughter, Kaila Short and a host of other relatives & friends.