Elizabeth Colston

March 3, 1923July 19, 2011

Helen Crowe Hammond Colston, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

Mrs. Colston was born March 3, 1923 to the late Joel Allen Crowe and Myrtice McHugh Crowe, and was preceded in death by a twin sister, Ellen Crowe Hammond. She was first married to Johnny Francis Hammond and later to Roy Wayne Colston, both who predeceased her. She retired from federal service in 1990 as Housing Manager, Chase Field Naval Air Station, Beeville, TX. Mrs. Colston was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens.

Surviving family includes her daughter, Patricia Hammond Thomas of Watkinsville; grandson, Joel Thomas and his wife, Traci of Norcross, GA. In addition, a special niece, Dr. Deborah Hammond Budge, her husband, Arthur, and children, Ashley Atkins, Neal Budge, and Katie Budge all of Dallas, TX. Also a special nephew, Col. Harvey L. Hammond, Jr., USAF (Ret.) and his wife, Pam, and their children, Lindsey Hammond and Kevin Hammond all of Yorktown, VA. Other survivors include loving cousins, nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Delano (Sheryl) Colston of Jasper, GA, Ralph (Joyce) Colston of Adairsville, GA, and sisters-in-law, Dot Cash (Amos) and Linda Bailey all of Adairsville, GA.

Funeral services will be held 10AM Friday, July 22nd in the chapel at Bernstein Funeral Home with Dr. Frank Granger officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-9PM Thursday, July 21st at Bernstein.

The family would life to extend their gratitude to the staff members of Silverleaf Alzheimers Care of Athens and Odyssey Healthcare (Hospice) for the care provided during Helen’s illness. Her devoted caregiver, Tracie Fowler, patiently provided compassion and care to Helen for over five years.

Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Athens, 355 Pulaski St, Athens, GA 30601.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Friday, July 22, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, July 21, 2011

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July 16, 2012

Pat and Joel, I just want you to know that I am thinking of you these next few days. I love you, and think of you so very often! Your Mom fought a good fight, and she is now with Mama Crowe, Papa Joel, and her beloved twin sister, Ellen, as well as, my dear sister, Joyce, along with our other loved ones. I'm sure they are watching over us!! Love you, Gloria

Joy Elder

July 27, 2011

Pat, Joel, and Traci,
During sad times of grief, it is hard to look back on the many beautiful memories of fun, enlightening, and loving times shared with Helen. Time, the great healer, will bring all those times into focus as the days past by. Later those memories will be the way you keep her alive in your hearts for the remainder of your lives. May our God's healing, great love, and comfort be yours through your grief.

Shirley Mathis

July 21, 2011

Pat, you and Joel and the rest mof the family have my deepest sympathy. Love to you all. I will certainly keep you all in my prayers. I will talk with you later.

Saundi Wilson

July 21, 2011

Pat, my prayer is that you and your family will hold tight to good memories at this difficult time. Your dear mother's love has touched many lives, so it will continue as that love is shared.

Deborah Crayton

July 21, 2011

Pat my prayers and deepest sympathy are with you and your family.

Andrew Dunn

July 21, 2011

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Lauri Ann Brooks, Executive Director ,Talmage Terrace

July 21, 2011

I know your hearts must be filled with beautiful memories of your mom, grandmother and aunt. I have very fond memories myself of Ms. Helen and Ms. Ellen when they both lived at Talmage Terrace Lanier Gardens. I had a wonderful time traveling with them when I was the Activities Director. The sisters have been missed by our community and I know they are missed by your family. Please know your family is in my thoughts right now.

Laura Tyner

July 21, 2011

Pat I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Bernstein Funeral Home

July 21, 2011

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Gloria S. West

July 21, 2011

Patsy and family, my deepest sympathy to you all!! Just talked to David, and he told me you had left message, and to tell you that he will be there Friday. So sorry that I will be unable to be there with you, Joel and family. I love you, will talk to you later. Gloria