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 Helen Francis <I>Wood</I> Deel

Helen Francis Wood Deel

Pleasant Grove, Rusk County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Feb 1997 (aged 74)
Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas, USA
Burial Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 7888354 · View Source
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Helen Francis Wood was born at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 6, 1922 in Pleasant Grove, Texas, also known as "Shake Rag", a farming community twelve miles southwest of Henderson in western Rusk County. Her parents were Dallas Franklin Wood and Bessie Gladys Smith.

She had three siblings that she loved dearly: Ethel Retha Wood Barber, Ruby Florence "Tootsie" Wood Boswell DeBruhl and Dallas Eugene "Bill Wood.

Her paternal grandparents were John Franklin Wood and Dora Belle Avant and her maternal grandparents were James Monroe Smith and Mary Jane Powell.

In 1942, on a blind date, she met a young and handsome U.S. Army Air Corps pilot by the name of Ollie Ivan Deel. They were married on Saturday, October 31, 1942 in Big Spring, Texas at the First Methodist Church by the Reverend H. Clyde Smith.
They were blessed with two sons, David Ivan Deel born on November 9, 1946 in Jacksonville, Texas and Dennis Alan Deel born on January 28, 1949 in Big Spring, Texas.

She was also blessed with four grandchildren, her princess, Jennifer Denise Hathaway Woodruff, Jeffery Shawn Deel, Dennis Alan Deel, Jr. and Christopher Ryan Deel.

My mother was a career military wife. She had to endure many hardships in raising two boys and being away from her husband and family for months on end. My mom deserved some of the medals that my father received during his long military career.

She had an extremely kind and generous heart and was always giving to charities to help those that were in need.

Helen died at 12:37 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 1997 at the Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Round Rock, Texas surrounded by the angels that she loved so much. She was 74 years old.

God could not have blessed her family with a more loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother.


Precious memories, how they linger
How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness of the midnight
Precious sacred scenes unfold.

Precious father, loving mother
Fly across the lonely years
And old home's scenes of my childhood
In fond memory appear.

Inscription on back of Helen's headstone:

"Behold, I send an Angel before you to
keep you in the way and to bring you
into the place which I have prepared."
Exodus 23:20

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  • Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
  • Added: 22 Sep 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Francis Wood Deel (6 Sep 1922–27 Feb 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7888354, citing Jarratt Cemetery, Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Alan Deel (contributor 46590424) .