|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1943|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 2009|
Daughter of David Lang and Willie Marie "Wort" Yates Callaway.
Rev. Helen Lang Callaway
by: Staff Reports
from: Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, Sunday, March 22, 2009, @http://www.tulsaworld.com/site/printerfriendlystory.aspx?articleid=20090322_Ob_obsn6603372:
CALLAWAY - Rev. Helen Lang, never knew a stranger and never shied from adventure. With a smile as big as her heart, Helen faced life with joy and enthusiasm just as she faced her transition on January 22, 2009. At the Memorial service on January 29 at the Unity Center of Tulsa, her family and multitude of friends recalled her lifetime of service, challenge, support, comfort, and just plain friend. Helen and David Blanchfield married in Colorado in 1972. Soon after their marriage, they moved to California, where Helen promptly got them on the "Newlywed Game" television show. She also became the Agent for their first born son, David, to book him for baby commercials. While living in Colorado, Helen began a drapery business, became a ski instructor in Grand Junction, began showing Newfoundland dogs at various dog shows, and worked with an architect to design her new home. Later she became a licensed real estate agent and partnered with a developer to plan and build a new subdivision near Grand Junction. Helen was described as a person who did not wait around for life to come to her. She aggressively reached out to experience all the good things in life that interested her, and in some ways she was like the kid in the candy store. Helen believed if you didn't try it, how would you know that you might not like it. She was active in 4-H, tennis, music, and had an intense love for animals. She graduated from Hardin- Simmons University in Abilene, TX with a Bachelor's Degree. She also held a Masters Degree from Texas Tech University, where she taught French and Spanish at high school and college levels and studied at the College de Sorbonne in Paris. She also was a Florida state champion pianist, a horse barrel racer in Abilene, and a Vietnam war protester. After moving to Oklahoma, Helen was called to be a minister. Rev. Callaway graduated and was ordained as a minister from the Unity School of Christianity in Lee's Summit, MO in 1989. She became the minister at the Unity Center of Tulsa, where she served for nine years. Later she was spiritual leader for Harmony Church of Religious Science in Tulsa. Divine Fellowship, a non-denominational spiritual group, was established under her leadership in Tulsa. She also served as a temporary minister/ guest speaker for many Unity Churches in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Rev. Callaway's message that she gave over and over again was to "Take a look at yourself and see the Beauty, the Power and the Love that is there". While in Oklahoma, Helen fell in love with the komondor dog breed and enjoyed the show ring and obedience trials where her dedication resulted in champion dogs. She was also tireless in her animal rescue work taking in and placing komondors, great Pyrenees and any other animal that needed a loving home. Helen had many close animal friends who will miss her greatly as will the Komondor Club of America. She continues to live through the lineage of her komondors. In remembering Helen, the Kommondor Club deeply feels that a light has left their eyes. Helen was also an active member of the Pyramid Society, an organization dedicated to the breeding and promotion of a rare breed of horse, the Egyptian Arabian. She enjoyed personally showing her young horses in halter competitions. Not only were spectators treated to an exhibition of an exceptional horse, but they were also entertained by Helen's infectious smile as she coached her little ones into perfect poses. Helen's skill as a breeder will be remembered wherever her horses have traveled to start other breeding programs, whether they carry on her legacy here in the United States or in some distant place, some even as far away as Morocco. Her longest and most important role in life was her 35 years as mother to her sons, David and Todd. At her service, her son David recalled the laughter of happy times and the tears in a few sad times, and will think of her with a happy sadness in his soul. He further stated the love she shared with the world will always be a bright and shining place. Helen was born December 30, 1943 in Lamesa, TX, the daughter of David Lang and Willie Marie "Wort" Yates Callaway. She was preceded in death by her parents, and stepfathers, Bill Taylor and Alvin Bradford. In addition to her sons, Dave and Todd, survivors also include her close friend and cousin, David Riker and his family. Her smile and vibrant personality will be missed. She was a lady of strong character, devoted mother and friend.
David Lang Callaway (1921 - 1944)
Willie Marie Yates Taylor (1922 - 2007)
Created by: Samuel Taylor Geer
Record added: Sep 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76577314
For this is the message which ye have heard from the beginning , that we should love one another. 1 John 3|
Added: May. 11, 2013