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Vida E. Flayter


Born March 7, 1924, in, Anderson, Indiana to J. Ernest and Velma McKelvey. Later a son V. Gerald was born. Vida graduated from Ball State University and taught school at Salem, Indiana and Troy, Ohio.

She enlisted in the U.S. W.A.V.E.S. When she reported for basic training, peace was declared. Her 20 year marriage to P. Richard Wingrove produced 6 children: Nina Louise, Helen Christine, Madeline “Deede”: Jean, Arlington “Lee” Ernest, Ted Martin and Gary Richard. A second marriage to Lawrence R. “Hap” Flayter blossomed for (51) years. For 3 decades she was a member of Sweet Adelines Int’l as a singer (gold medals with Scottsdale Chorus) administrator and columnist. Vida enjoyed being “Dumplin’ the Clown” for parties and special occasions. She traveled extensively in the U.S. and Abroad. She loved status as a military veteran and was active in WAVES National (later re-named as Military Women Across the Nation).

Vida was preceded in death by both parents and  brother Gerald McKelvey, first husband Richard “Dick” Wingrove, daughters Nina Warren and Madeline “Deede” Zahrt. She is survived by husband “Hap” Flayter, daughter Helen Heath and sons “Lee”, Ted and Gary Wingrove, 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

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