Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX


Helon Kay Ponder

September 27, 1938June 27, 2020
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Helon Kay Ponder, 81, of Baytown, TX was born September 27, 1938 in Taft, TX and passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020. The oldest daughter of Elgin and Elon Reichenau, Kay moved with her parents to Baytown in 1942 and was a faithful member of Baptist Temple for over 70 years. She was a proud graduate of Robert E. Lee High School class of 1957 and then attended Lee College, University of Houston and Texas A&M-Prairie View where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. She was a dedicated educator in Goose Creek CISD for 33 years, where she used her talent as a painter to teach art before spending the majority of her career teaching 1st and 2nd grade.

After her retirement, she spent time crocheting, gardening and traveling, but most importantly was the time she treasured with her family and friends. She took pride in organizing vacations, holidays and reunions that created memorable traditions to preserve the closeness of her family.

Another passion she pursued throughout her life was keeping her family connected through the generations by curating their genealogy. She spent years compiling ancestry reports and photographs, contacting relatives globally and shared her love with other families outside of her own who were seeking to learn about their family tree. She was a member of the Goose Creek chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Baytown; the Solomon Barrow chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas; the Plantagenet Society; the Jamestown Society; US Daughters of the War of 1812; the National Society of Magna Charta Dames and the Baytown Genealogical Society.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Hugo and Mada Reichenau, Carl and Frankie Wilson Russell; her parents Elgin and Elon Reichenau; son Norman Dwayne Ponder; and son-in-law Duane Smith. She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years William Norman Ponder; son and daughter-in-law Rance and Rhonda Ponder; daughter and son-in-law D'Laine (Ponder) Smith and Gilbert Luna; daughter-in¬law Vicki (Ponder) Turnipseed and husband Robert Turnipseed; sister and brother-in-law Geana and Wilburn Pfeiffer; grandchildren Michelle (Ponder) Perry, Kelvin and Danielle (Ponder) Webster, Matthew and Veronica Ponder, Danon and Holly Ponder, and Skye Smith; great¬grandchildren Cullen Ponder, Audrey Ponder, Kevin & Trevor Perry, Koda Ponder, Randall Ponder and Owen Webster; numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends; and her loyal rescue dog, Sweetie.

Her family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10 a.m., at Navarre Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Looney officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Garth Rd. in Baytown, TX.

Serving as pallbearers will be John Paul Barclay, Jason Faulk, Danon Ponder, Matthew Ponder, Robert Turnipseed and Kelvin Webster 11. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Feniello, Gilbert Luna and Wilburn Pfeiffer.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contribution may be made in Kay's memory to Baytown Genealogical Society, PO Box 2486 Baytown, TX 77522-2486 or the charity of your choice.

Due to the Covid-19 mandate in Harris County, all funeral home guest will be required to wear a face mask. Consequently, the practice of safe social distancing limits the capacity of our chapel. Services will be streamed live on the FaceBook page for Navarre Funeral Home and Cremation Services beginning at 1:00 am.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Burial

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


Helon Kay Ponder

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Dean Russell

July 2, 2020

Kay was incredible! Her knowledge of Russell history was extensive and her generosity sharing that knowledge helped all Matthew Russell descendants., which I am one. Her laugh and story telling made our conversations entertaining and educational. The thing that makes me smile that at last she will be in heaven getting the answers we looked for in our genealogical quest😀!

Nancy Smith

July 2, 2020

We sure will miss Kay's smile and fun personality! She was our family historian and helped plan our family reunions at Luna's Mexican Restaurant. We were in the Goose Creek DAR club together as well as being cousins.
May GOD bless and comfort Norman and the family.
We loved her and will be with her again some day.
Nancy and Michael Smith

Nancy Smith

July 2, 2020

Dick Roe

July 1, 2020

We will always remember your beautiful smile and your kind spirit, your love for the Lord showed from your willingness to serve and share your home to your church family for fellowship and gathering.

We thank God for the time we have known you and will forever cherish all the lovely memories.

To brother Norman and the rest of the family, it is our prayer that you find love and comfort in Christ during this time.

Dick and Hera

Ken & Fran Erwin

July 1, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of great loss and sorrow.
Knowing Kay as we have through the years with the REL Class of '57, we are confident that she is in an abode of eternal rest with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, waiting to welcome us all someday.
May the Lord truly bless and comfort you, Norman, and your entire faithful family.

David & Paula Parkinson

July 1, 2020

Norman and Rance

So sad to hear of your loss its David Parkinson, Pauls son from Richardson street, Billy Badeaux contacted me with this news. Paula and I have lost both our parents and i know this is a difficult time I hope you all are doing Ok. I recall the past fun with had with Norman Jr and Rance growing up, both the Ponders parents were inspirations and examples to us. Folks like y'all are surviving less and less and the world is showing its ugly side lately somewhat related to that.
I would appreciate a get together with Rance and you guys after we get past this pandemic i don't think i have seen Rance since 1975. we should make it a point to contact

DP 281-691-5064

Betty (Moldenhauer) Eckert

July 1, 2020

I remember Kay and Norman when they first came to the Moldenhauer Family Reunions in Grapetown, Texas....I had a interest in the family and the history, but it wasn’t until 2000 (or thereabouts) that Kay and I connected...by that time, I had developed an interest in the family tree and Kay and I could spend hours on the phone sharing genealogy, stories and methodology...her love of and knowledge of it were awesome!!! After reading Kay’s story, I truly understand the gift she had and how she has been an inspiration and motivator for me, to “keep digging”... we had wanted to get together sooo many times...share notes, show me her artifacts and we’d been dreaming of putting a Moldenhauer Family Story together...

But...God had His plans and they super ceded anything we were planning...but I know that the minute she entered Heaven, Kay was “gathering together” all her families and having the Grandest Reunion ever.....

Kay will me greatly missed by Norman, Vicki, Robert, D’Laine, Gilbert, Rance, Rhonda, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sister Geana and brother-in-law, Willie....she leaves a void in all our lives that only with God’s help will we be able to fill it....

My thoughts and prayers have been with Norman and the family from the time I heard of Kay going into the hospital...

Thank-you Willie and Geana for being in the forefront of keeping me updated and to G’Anna for sending a Facebook message to my daughter, Rebekah.

I so truly want to be with the family, but unfortunately, I can not...therefore you all are in my prayers.

God’s Love, Peace and Strength as you begin a new journey....

Betty Moldenhauer Eckert
408 E. Travis St.
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624-4316

Please stay in touch...I will work at it..

Carl Russell

July 1, 2020

Norman and Family

Virginia and I are so saddened by Kay's passing. She and all you guys are in our prayers. Kay was a wonderful "big" cousin always advising and directing the little guys to behave better. But she was also fun enough to "divert her eyes" from the champagne bottles at Gena's wedding party so the young ones got to steal some sips.

You are all some of our favorite people in the world. We will miss Kay and her vast knowledge of the family history forever!

Love Carl and Virginia Russell

Jim Morgan

July 1, 2020

I first met both Kay and Norman @ different when dining out with my wife. I never knew till a later time that my sis-in-law was related to . Kay. I don't think never met a stranger and was always such an elegant young lady. I never knew Kay was into geology but I did know that she had many relatives all over. I have said this before and the best way for me to describe Kay is reminding me of a song from William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys. I've got a Brand New Star In Heaven Tonight !! The first time I met William Lee Golden I told him how that song touched my heart. Kay all that I ask of you is to tell my Mother and Daddy hello. May God Bless the Ponder Family I think he already Has !!

Jim Wells

June 30, 2020

Norman and family, we were all so terribly saddened to hear of Kay’s passing, and want you to know that we are lifting you up in prayer as you walk through this difficult time.
I’ve been looking through the photos the family has posted online, and 1 picture in particular reminded me of your last visit here in our home, as Norman played the banjo, John Riley his glockenspiel, and Grandma Played the spoons.
We so enjoyed having you here in NoEast Arkansas, as a reminder of our wonderful Texas family, even though separated by distance and the years.
May God comfort you, grant you peace during these difficult days, and hide you in the shadow of His wings. Jim, Holly and John Riley