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Helen Ruth Wilson Wulff

  • Birth 14 Mar 1931 Nashville, Barton County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 23 Sep 2008 Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 71892682

Helen Ruth Wilson Wulff

COLUMBIA - Helen Ruth Wilson Wulff was as much a part of history as an avid participant of keeping it alive. As a fifth-generation native of Boone County with a strong interest in her family genealogy, Mrs. Wulff supported and served the Boone County Historical Society and Museum, which houses the Wilson-Wulff History and Genealogy Library.
She helped lifelong friend George Grazier with his recently published book "And Then it Happened," which is about the deaths of highway patrolman Ben Booth and Sheriff Roger Wilson. Wilson was Mrs. Wulff's father, who was killed in the line of duty when she was 2 years old.
Mrs. Wulff gave assistance to more than just her immediate family, said her daughter Sharon Naylor.
"She was a very community-minded individual," Sharon Naylor said.
Mrs. Wulff contributed to the political life and campaign of her nephew Roger Wilson, former lieutenant governor and former governor of Missouri.
Mrs. Wulff died at her home Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, after having multiple myeloma cancer for four-and-a-half years. She was 77.
She was born March 14, 1931, in Nashville, Mo., to Roger and Cora Wilson. When she was an infant, she and her family came to Columbia to live in the home addition of the Boone County Courthouse while her father served as Boone County sheriff. After her father died, Mrs. Wulff and her family moved back and forth between Columbia and their farm in Nashville.
She graduated from Hickman High School in 1949. Mrs. Wulff then worked at American Optical, American Dairy and Alton Ford.
She married William J. Wulff on Oct. 4, 1952. In the 1950s, she and her husband welcomed young unwed mothers into their home for Christian assistance and support. She was a member of the Columbia chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the United States Daughters of 1812 and Radiant Red Hatters Chapter.
"She's the one who introduced me to the Daughters of the American Revolution, which helped me learn more about American history," Naylor said. "It was something she and I personally shared."
In the 1980s, Mrs. Wulff discovered a talent for oil painting after taking a few classes. She painted landscape scenes, especially early Americana scenes around Boone County that featured old barns, trees and anything that had to do with nature. Her paintings have been used on calendars, greeting cards and stamps.
Many of her paintings were displayed at a 2005 exhibit at Boone County Historical Museum Art Gallery, where some of her works remain on display. Along with her paintings on display was her collection of powder box dolls, which are ceramic dolls with removable tops.
"She took great joy in traveling around to look for dolls to add to her collection," Naylor said. "We all searched for powder dolls for Mom."
Mrs. Wulff is survived by her husband; two sons, Joseph Wulff of Hallsville and Philip Wulff of Columbia; two daughters, Sharon Naylor and Janet Hagan, both of Columbia; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and two great-step-grandchildren.
A sister, Alene, and four brothers, Carl, Harold, Woodrow and Paul, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Dr. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, followed by burial at Memorial Park Cemetery and a reception in Flanagan Hall at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boone County Historical Society, 3801 Ponderosa Drive, Columbia, MO 65203; or the 10-33 Benevolent Fund, 1101 Lakeview Drive, Columbia, MO 65201.


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  • Created by: DMWV Graves Registry
  • Added: 24 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71892682
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Ruth Wilson Wulff (14 Mar 1931–23 Sep 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71892682, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by DMWV Graves Registry (contributor 47527731) .