Lois Mondell Helms

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Lois Mondell Helms, 89, a long-time resident of Groesbeck, passed away April 18, 2013, in the Madisonville Care Center, inMadisonville. Born June 23, 1923, to William Robert Jutson and Mamie Martha Stockman Jutson, Mondell attended Groesbeck High School, graduating in 1939 at the age of 16. Two years later, she met David Helms, at that time in road construction, and the two were wed at the Groesbeck courthouse Oct 11, 1941. While David was serving in World War II, Mondell unofficially adopted her young cousin, Dolly, who became the couple’s child, along with Phyllis Mondell and Gala Dawn. Upon David’s return from the service, they opened Helms Lumber Company. Mondell’s passion was spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling with her friends, and serving the community. She was Room Mother for both Phyllis’ class and Gala’s class from first through twelfth grades, band booster president and never missed an activity in which they participated. She was active in the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck and later in the First Baptist Church of Hewitt. She was a member of the Eastern Star and served in several positions in the American Cancer Society. In return, she was honored as Groesbeck Homecoming Queen on two separation occasions, first in 1959 and again in 1999. She also won Ms. Cottage of Oak Springs in 2010 and Ms. Senior Heart of Texas Pageant 2011. At the age of 54, Mondell enrolled in Tarleton State University, Stephenville, graduating four years later with a degree in business administration, accomplishing her goal to receive a college degree before age 60. She then worked with the Mexia State School volunteer program, and later became receptionist for the Groesbeck Funeral home for 19 years. Mondell was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ava Kent, her son-in-law Dick Richardson, and her granddaughter Lacey Dawn Nettles. She is survived by her daughters, Dolly Jackson and husband Ivan, of Mexia, Phyllis Strother and husband Ralph, of Waco, and Gala Nettles and husband Ronnie, of Madisonville. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Ivan Jr. (Christy) Jackson, Steve (Kathy) Jackson, Rhett Strother, Jack Strother, Matt Strother, Robby (Robin) Richardson, Kelle (Loyd) Harper, and Kim (David) Currie; as well as 11 great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Visitation will be held at Groesbeck Funeral Home on Saturday, April 20, 6-8 p.m. Services will be at Groesbeck Funeral Home on Sunday April 21, at 2 p.m., with Brother Troy Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in Faulkenbury Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803. Visit groesbeckfuneralhome.com to leave messages of condolence in the guestbook.