Georgia L. “Helen” (Stottlemeyer) Archer, age 91, of Vandalia, passed away at 2:48 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia.
Visitation was held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel.
A service was held on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel. Officiating was the Rev. Helen McFarland. Interment took place in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Archer Woggon, Adam McNamara, Denis Rogan, Michael McNamara, Andrew McNamara, and Steven Sawalski.
Georgia L. “Helen” (Stottlemeyer) Archer was born on August 4, 1923 in Pike Station, Illinois, the daughter of George and Lucretia (Shellhorse) Stottlemeyer.
She married George Fields Archer on August 31, 1940; he preceded her in death on February 18, 1983.
She grew up and attended schools in Hannibal with the class of 1944. After school and her marriage to George, he answered his country’s call during World War II. They moved to Norfolk, Virginia where Helen worked in the shipyards as a welder and riveter while George was deployed. Helen then moved back to Hannibal until George returned from the war, then they bought a house and moved to Vandalia.
For a short time, they moved to a farm south of Vandalia and share-cropped for six years. They then bought a farm nearby and lived there for many years. Helen was a faithful and devoted member of the Vandalia United Methodist Church where she enjoyed Bible study group. She also enjoyed traveling and camping all over the country with George on their matching motorcycles. They spent many winters in Brownsville, Texas and she enjoyed all types of crafts including basket-weaving, painting and macramé.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra L. Woggon and Denis Rogan, of Forest Park, Illinois; three grandchildren, Lorna E. McNamara, of Dixon, Illinois; Althea Sawalski, of Huntley, Illinois, and Archer Woggon, of Chicago; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; one brother, Paul A. Ator, and one sister, Jackie Denish.
Memorials are encouraged to the Wounded Warrior Project.