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Obituary: Helen Marie Goss Binkley, Bloomington

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Helen Marie (Goss) Binkley, age 93, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at Bell Trace Health and Living Center in Bloomington. She was a devoted wife and a wonderful mother.

A native of Wolcott, Indiana, she was born on December, 28, 1918, one of eight children born to Fred and LouieMay (Milner) Goss.

On September 2, 1939, Mrs. Binkley married her sweetheart, Donald M. Binkley, whom she met at the First Christian Church while studying at Indiana University. They enjoyed nearly 60 years of marriage until his death on March 15, 1999. She served in many ways during her more than 70 years of membership at the First Christian Church in Bloomington. Her service as a community volunteer, which included 28 years as a Pink Lady at Bloomington Hospital, was admirable. However, her most cherished accomplishment was that of an excellent homemaker.

Surviving family members include daughter, Marceta (Tom) Hinkle of Hendersonville, NC; daughter, Julia (Rev. Douglas) Smith of Columbus IN; and son, Dr. Duane (Nadine) Binkley of Winterville NC; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; a brother, Charles Robert (Betty) Goss of Indianapolis, IN; and a sister-in-law, Esther Jeanette Binkley (Robert) McCallister of Speedway IN.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15, at the Funeral Chapel of Powell-Deckard, 3000 E. Third Street in Bloomington. A time for visitation and viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14, and one hour prior to the service Saturday. The service will be presided over by Mrs. Binkley's son-in-law, the Reverend Douglas Smith, and the Reverend Helen Hempfling of the First Christian Church. Burial will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 205 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408, or to IU Health Bloomington Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 1149, Bloomington, IN 47402.

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