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Helen Margaret Connelly Adams
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Birth: May 27, 1915
Trenton
Fannin County
Texas, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 2009
Prosper
Collin County
Texas, USA

Helen Margaret Adams
United States Social Security Death Index
birth: 27 May 1915
death: 21 October 2009 Prosper, Collin, Texas


Adams, Helen C. Born May 27, 1915 in Trenton, Texas; Died October 21, 2009 at the age of 94. Now playing Boogie Woogie for everyone in heaven. Parents: Margaret Morrison Connelly and Walter Patton Connelly Preceding her in death along with her parents were her sisters Nina (Mrs. Paul) Butler, Nana (Mrs. Claude) Lindley, Jennie Mae (Mrs. Cecil) Davis, and brothers, Mr. Bud (Walden) Connelly and Mr. Morrison Connelly. Helen was graduated from Trenton High School, from East Texas State (now Texas A & M at Commerce) and received her masters degree from Texas A & I (now) Texas A & M at Kingsville. She married Erman John Adams on March 11, 1939. Helen was an accomplished pianist. In answer to questions about how long she had been playing the piano, she would say, "I can't remember when I couldn't play." She was still playing for residents and staff at Settlers Ridge right up until a few weeks before her death. Settlers Ridge awarded her a certificate of appreciation for her willingness to entertain everyone. Helen played every style of music from sacred to boogie woogie to George Gershwin to Burt Bacharach. She played for "old time minstrel shows" years ago, accompanied vocal and instrumental performers, taught piano, served as church pianist for two churches, and loved playing for others and for herself. She found playing for others a natural way to make friends and share happiness. Helen, husband Erman, and daughter Linda were founding members of the Baptist Temple Church in San Benito, where Helen played the piano - and sometimes the organ. *She was the church pianist at the Northridge Park Baptist Church in San Antonio after the family moved to San Antonio in 1965. After Helen & Erman moved to Garland in 1985 to be close to her daughter and family, she accompanied the Young at Heart choir at Orchard Hills Baptist Church, where she enjoyed working with Zack Young, Minister of Music. She also enjoyed her Bible Study class at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church, teaching when she could and playing for her Sunday School department. Helen taught English (and sometimes music and Spanish) for 20 years at the junior high school in Harlingen, Texas. After moving to San Antonio she taught English at Garner Junior High in the Northeast School District for 20 years before she retired. She enjoyed her membership in Delta Kappa Gamma, a teacher's organization. She was also a member of the D.A.R. Helen loved rehearsing with and accompanying her daughter for various civic musical performances. Many of her friends and family friends will miss her playing at open houses and parties. Her great grandson Zach surprised her at her 90th birthday party by playing "Dizzy Fingers," and then they played it together on two pianos. Helen's lasting gifts to her family are her positive spirit and appreciation for everything she received, her musical ability, her faithful example to our Lord and his church, and her unbounded love.

We can already hear the boogie woogie starting..

Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 22, 2009 
 
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 Parents:
  Walter Patton Connelly (1872 - 1938)
  Margaret Morrison Connelly (1877 - 1965)
 
 Spouse:
  Erman John Adams (1904 - 1990)
 
 Sibling:
  Nannie Connelly Lindley (1897 - 1975)*
  Helen Margaret Connelly Adams (1915 - 2009)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Restland Memorial Park
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Garden of the Trinity
 
Created by: Collins
Record added: Oct 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118630348
Helen Margaret <i>Connelly</i> Adams
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Helen Margaret <i>Connelly</i> Adams
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Helen Margaret <i>Connelly</i> Adams
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