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Age 87, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at 5:30 p.m., surrounded by her family. This tough old lady was no doubt reunited in Heaven along side her loving husband of 62 years, Joe Temple. True to form, Grandpa Joe was probably at least 10 minutes late to meet her, and after a brief spat they walked hand in hand into their eternal retirement where they were greeted by a vast assortment of relatives and a countless slew of beloved cats, dogs and other animals that they had adopted over the years. Born Aug. 29, 1922, in Shelby County Ohio. Helen met her future husband while working as a waitress at 'Mom and Pops Diner' near New Carlisle, Ohio. She married Joe on June 29, 1941, where they later settled in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked at Wright-Patterson AFB. During the next decade they had two daughters, Sharon, and Sheryl. Work brought the family to Southern California where they settled at Edwards AFB in 1951, and later made the move to Lancaster in 1958, where she lived on Kingtree Avenue for the next 51 years. There they raised their family and she resided until her passing. Although a resident of California for over 58 years she always referred to Ohio HELEN MARIE TEMPLE, 'Granny' as her true home; In fact, her stories were almost always prefaced with a 'Back home in Ohio' label attached. She was a wonderful person, friend, mother, wife, grandma, neighbor and later, a proud great-grandma or 'Granny' as she was affectionately known. An avid homemaker, her hobbies were gardening, homemaking, cooking and genealogy. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe in 2003. Survived by her two daughters, Sharon (Ken) Patton of Lancaster and Sheryl (Jim) Watters of Bakersfield along with grandchildren Kenneth Carrigan of Louisiana; Eric (Angelica) Patton and Valerie (Tracy) Bailey of Lancaster; Tammy Watters of Bakersfield and two great-grandchildren; Olivia Reah Patton and Beckett Bailey. In her later years she had a love of fast food along with 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy' and towards the end of each day would be devoted to said vices. Lord help anyone who tried to change the channel when her programs came on. Helen had a long and grand life and although we will miss her terribly we can take comfort in the knowledge that she is truly 'back at home' with grandpa Joe. At her request, there are no services. In lieu of flowers please donate to your local ASPCA in her memory.

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