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Helen LaVerne <I>Brittain</I> Nelson

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Helen LaVerne Brittain Nelson

Birth
San Patricio County, Texas, USA
Death
5 May 2009 (aged 85)
Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
Burial
Robinson, McLennan County, Texas, USA Add to Map
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Mausoleum
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Helen LaVerne Brittain Nelson, 85, of Woodway, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at a local Waco hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with the Rev. Garry Bone officiating. Entombment will be at Waco Memorial Mausoleum. Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.

Helen LaVerne was born in Taft, Texas, to the late Joseph L. and Laura Burgess Brittain. She graduated from Taft High School in 1941. After graduation, she attended Baylor University and graduated in the Centennial Class of 1945 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. After the end of the World War II, she married William Hargrove Nelson on Feb. 11, 1946, in Taft. The newlyweds moved to Austin to allow Bill to complete his education from the University of Texas in 1948, and he went to work for the Humble Oil Co. (ExxonMobil) in west Texas. They moved to Midland, in 1957, and they were active in the First Baptist Church where she was a WMU director, Acteen leader and GA leader. She was also president of the PTA, lifetime member of the PTA, and they were charter members of the Petroleum Pioneer Club in Midland. After Bill's retirement from ExxonMobil in 1982, they moved to Woodway. She was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. LaVerne had a deep love for Baylor University and Baylor athletics. She was a member of the Old Main Society, the President's Club, the Tip Off Club, the Heart of the Order, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Yucca Garden Club, the Baylor Bear Foundation, supported the Strecker Museum, the Mayborn Museum, the Armstrong Browning Library, and was a life member of the Baylor Alumni Association. Bill and LaVerne joined the Golden Bear Circle Endowed Scholar Society by funding the William H. and LaVerne B. Nelson Endowed Scholarship. Her life was a sermon about serving God and doing your best for Him.

She is survived by her daughter, Jan Spoede and husband, Trey, of Woodway; sons, Britt Nelson and wife, Melinda, of Arlington, and Terry Nelson and wife, Carol, of Houston; grandchildren, Brittainy Holmes and husband, Bradley, of Corinth, Texas, Hunter Spoede, of Denton, Rachel, Erin, Zachary, Matthew, Adam and Joey Nelson, and Blake and Eric Nelson; great-grandchildren, Taryn, Katherine and London Holmes; sisters, Villa Mae Roden, of Portland, Texas, Lillian Gary, of Pasadena, Texas, Etta East, of College Station, and Ruth Averitt, of Woodway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Waco Tribune-Herald: 5/06/2009...G4(2)
Helen LaVerne Brittain Nelson, 85, of Woodway, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at a local Waco hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with the Rev. Garry Bone officiating. Entombment will be at Waco Memorial Mausoleum. Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey.

Helen LaVerne was born in Taft, Texas, to the late Joseph L. and Laura Burgess Brittain. She graduated from Taft High School in 1941. After graduation, she attended Baylor University and graduated in the Centennial Class of 1945 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. After the end of the World War II, she married William Hargrove Nelson on Feb. 11, 1946, in Taft. The newlyweds moved to Austin to allow Bill to complete his education from the University of Texas in 1948, and he went to work for the Humble Oil Co. (ExxonMobil) in west Texas. They moved to Midland, in 1957, and they were active in the First Baptist Church where she was a WMU director, Acteen leader and GA leader. She was also president of the PTA, lifetime member of the PTA, and they were charter members of the Petroleum Pioneer Club in Midland. After Bill's retirement from ExxonMobil in 1982, they moved to Woodway. She was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. LaVerne had a deep love for Baylor University and Baylor athletics. She was a member of the Old Main Society, the President's Club, the Tip Off Club, the Heart of the Order, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Yucca Garden Club, the Baylor Bear Foundation, supported the Strecker Museum, the Mayborn Museum, the Armstrong Browning Library, and was a life member of the Baylor Alumni Association. Bill and LaVerne joined the Golden Bear Circle Endowed Scholar Society by funding the William H. and LaVerne B. Nelson Endowed Scholarship. Her life was a sermon about serving God and doing your best for Him.

She is survived by her daughter, Jan Spoede and husband, Trey, of Woodway; sons, Britt Nelson and wife, Melinda, of Arlington, and Terry Nelson and wife, Carol, of Houston; grandchildren, Brittainy Holmes and husband, Bradley, of Corinth, Texas, Hunter Spoede, of Denton, Rachel, Erin, Zachary, Matthew, Adam and Joey Nelson, and Blake and Eric Nelson; great-grandchildren, Taryn, Katherine and London Holmes; sisters, Villa Mae Roden, of Portland, Texas, Lillian Gary, of Pasadena, Texas, Etta East, of College Station, and Ruth Averitt, of Woodway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Waco Tribune-Herald: 5/06/2009...G4(2)


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