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Ella Joe Gruhlkey

   Funeral services for Ella Joe Gruhlkey, 94 of Vernon, who died on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Vernon, will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Derrell Monday and Gib Baskerville. Interment will be held at Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Gruhlkey was born Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1920 in Grandfield, Okla. She was the daughter of the late E.E. Dardis and the late Mattie Hudelson  Dardis. She married Marion Gruhlkey on Dec. 23, 1946 in Vernon. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2009. She had lived in Vernon since 1928. She worked for USDA Vernon office for 50 years as administrator for Federal Farm Program for Wilbarger County farmers. She also served on a Washington D.C. Task Force representing Texas on a feed grain program. She taught office skills course in College Station for the USDA. She was a member of National Association Retired Federal Employees, Oklaunion Ex-Student Association  as secretary, and she helped establish the Oklaunion Ex-Student Scholarship Fund at Vernon College. She was also a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club in sewing. She was a former member of the Oklaunion Baptist Church, and she was an active member of the First Baptist Church. 
   She is survived by her sister, Jacquetta Rinehart, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
   Visitation will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15,  2015 from 1 p.m. until service time at Sullivan Funeral Home.
   Memorials can be made First Baptist Church or favorite charity.
   Online condolences may be made to the family at


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