|Birth: ||Mar. 2, 1906|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 2008|
Helen Smith Bain, 101, of Amarillo died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Childress Cemetery in Childress with the Rev. Lynn Garrett of First Baptist Church in Amarillo officiating. Arrangements are by Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 S. Bell St.
Beloved sister and aunt Helen Smith Bain went to the Lord at the age of 101 on Jan. 13, 2008. She passed over quietly and at rest in her sleep at her residence surrounded by loving family, friends and many loving caregivers.
Helen was born March 2, 1906, in Childress, the eldest daughter of Emma Robison Smith and Oliver Harrington Smith.
Helen graduated from Childress High School in 1924 and went on to attend Louisiana Technical University in Ruston, La., where she was awarded a teaching certificate. She later attended Baylor University, where she received her M.A., and the University of Houston, where she was awarded a master's degree in education. Her first teaching assignment was at Loco, where she taught grades four and five. She then moved on to teach at Childress and then Bay City. After 36 years of being involved in education, Helen retired and moved to Amarillo. In 1967, she married Robert A. Bain of Childress and resided at 3607 West Lawn for 37 years.
Helen was active in her local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, of which she was president, and was involved in the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the WMA, a women's church organization. She had been a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo, was president of the Coin Club, worked with foreign language students and sponsored a Laotian family, Mr. and Mrs. Phongsavang and children. During the fall months for several years, she did mission work in Mexico along the Rio Grande River. She was also on the MAC Board for the Hawaiian Baptist Academy in Honolulu.
She led an exemplary Christian life, setting a good example for her family and friends. Her hobbies were fishing, ceramics and gardening, from which she derived a great deal of pleasure.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.A. Bain; an older brother, Gene Smith; a younger brother, Wallace Smith; and a younger sister, Julia "Hazel" Stovall.
Survivors include a younger sister, Emma Barkley of Waco; two nieces, Monica Bergstrom of Dallas and Betty Flowers of Waco; and four nephews, Lance Smith of Greer, S.C., Lorton Trent of McKinney, Bill Barkley of Waco and John Trent of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and close family friends, Phong and Kham Madsourivong and children of Amarillo.
The family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.
Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 16, 2008
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Jan 16, 2008
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