Note: NOTE: Surname is WITTEN, without the H
BIRTH: Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1932
Name: Helen Bernice Witten
Birth Date: 23 Nov 1925, 3:57 pm
Note: second living child of mother
Birth Place: Houston, Harris, Texas, USA
Father: Leslie C Witten, 40, accountant
Father Birth Place: Houston, Texas
Mother: Susie Agnes Arnett, 32
Mother Birth Place: Franklin, Texas
OBIT: Published in Waco Tribune-Herald from February 13 to February 15, 2010
Helen Witten Cole was received into Christ's embrace early Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Providence Hospital in Waco. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Seventh and James Baptist Church with Dr. Raymond Bailey and Dr. Milton Cunningham officiating. Helen was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Houston, to Leslie and Susan Witten. She grew up in Houston and graduated from San Jacinto High School. She attended and graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in English, and it was there that she met and married her husband of over 60 years, Dr. James F. Cole, on Dec. 23, 1947. Helen and Jim had one child, Carolyn Cole, now Carolyn Cole Meyer, who resides in Waco. Helen spent 20 plus years in Alexandria, La. as a wife, mother and public school teacher. She contributed to community life in Alexandria in many ways, early advocate for water safety for children, an avid Red Cross water safety instructor, Sunday school teacher and seamstress. Helen and Jim moved to Waco in 1977, where she became a member and participated at Seventh & James Baptist Church, the Current Event Club of Waco and the Baylor Alumni Association. She was active in alum activities for Kappa Alpha Theta and was a Midway ISD mentor. Her most prized role in life may have been being grandmother "Dee Dee" to her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved and delighted in their many interests. She exemplified her faith in Jesus Christ by teaching them to love God's creation, make the most of their talents and providing them with unconditional love. Helen is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Patricia Maxcy; and her beloved granddaughter, Allison Ann Bucy. She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. James F. Cole; daughter, Carolyn Meyer and husband, Judge Jim Meyer, of Waco; grandchildren, Cole Bucy and wife, Skye Perryman, of Washington, D.C.; Jason Bucy of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mike Meyer and wife, Nadine, and Brady Meyer, all of Dallas; sister-in-law, Frances Kolb of Jackson, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Bill Maxcy of Houston; and extended family and a host of friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked those who wish to honor Helen's life by way of a memorial gift in her name. Please send a gift to the Baylor Alumni Association, "Herbert H. Reynolds Endowment Fund", One Bear Place #97116, Waco, Tex. 76798.
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