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Lenore Palsgrove
Sept. 8, 1925 Jan. 5, 2010
Lenore was born in the Windy City, Chicago, to parents Wright and Cleta Mae Butterbaugh. Oak Park, Ill. was her home through grade school and high school. She attended Manchester College in Indiana where she met her future husband, Gene Palsgrove. They were married June 1, 1946. After graduating from college in 1948, Lenore and Gene accepted a challenging assignment directing a community rehabilitation project in South Modesto. Daughters, Kathleen and Rebecca, arrived during this tenure.
Lenore and Gene returned to the Midwest for two years, but Modesto was deeply embedded in them. They found their way back in 1953. Lenore was a stay-at-home mom as son, Edwin, and daughter, Marcia, augmented the family.
When the kids were well along in school, Lenore earned a credential to teach physically handicapped children. She taught for 15 years, first at Washington Elementary School and then at Sonoma Elementary School. Through her church, the Modesto Church of the Brethren, Lenore was active in causes of peace and justice and service to those in need. In 1987, she traveled with a delegation from Modesto, that included Mayor Peggy Mensinger, to Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, where a sister city agreement was signed. With Children's Disaster Services, Lenore was a childcare giver in Hawaii following Hurricane Iniki. She also served in Southern California following the Northridge Earthquake and at numerous flood disaster sites. In 2005, Lenore was honored by the Soroptimists and received the Women of Distinction Award. Lenore had a special skill for arranging flowers, and she knitted many caps, scarves, and afghans for family and friends. She treasured family gatherings and visiting distant relatives. She enjoyed the fruits and vegetables from her husband's garden and had an affinity for ice cream.
Lenore is survived by her husband, Gene Palsgrove; brother, Edgar Butterbaugh and his wife, Joann, of North Manchester, Ind.; sister, Doris Butterbaugh Dehler, and her husband, Dick, of Orlando, Fla.; children, Kathleen Palsgrove Tellin and fiancé, Kevin Rice, of Tuolumne City, Calif., Rebecca Palsgrove Davis and her husband, Wayne, of Salinas, Calif., Edwin Palsgrove and his wife, Brenda, of New Windsor, Md. and Marcia Palsgrove Baylis and her husband, Phil, of Sonora, Calif.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10 at the Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave.
The family is suggesting that donations may be made to Children's Disaster Services, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor, MD 21776-0188 or Interfaith Ministries, 120 Kerr Ave., Modesto, CA 95354.
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