Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home Beltline Road

2951 S. Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie, TX


Helen Marie Hudson Bartel

November 25, 1927May 26, 2020
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Helen Marie Hudson Bartel age 92, of Grand Prairie, Texas went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020.

Helen was born in Amarillo, Texas November 25, 1927 to the late Horace Irby and Eula May (Ownby) Hudson. She married her high school sweetheart, Cecil Bartel on April 8, 1948 in Amarillo, Texas and he preceded her in death on August 31, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Harold and Jim Hudson.

Helen grew up in Perryton, Texas and graduated from Perryton High School in 1945 where she was involved in athletics, student leadership and cheerleader. After high school she attended Baylor School of Nursing where she earned her nursing degree as a Registered Nurse (RN). Helen trusted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at a young age at First Baptist Church in Perryton. After moving to Grand Prairie in the 50’s, she joined First Baptist in Grand Prairie where she served as Beginner Coordinator, taught young married couples and taught high school Sunday School. She was active in the youth ministry while her kids were in high school and became a “second mom” to many. Following a youth-led revival in the early 70’s, she was involved in starting the True Vine Coffee House ministry which was responsible for leading many youth to Christ and discipling them in their early faith. In 1975, she and her husband were instrumental in starting Believer’s Bible Church (which was later named Grand Prairie Bible Church) with a passion for teaching the Word of God. As a founding member of Grand Prairie Bible Church, she served in many different areas of ministry including Church Librarian, Mothers Day Out teacher, women’s ministry leader, and many years teaching a Ladies Bible Class on Sunday mornings. Helen also had a passion for discipleship and mentored many young women seeking to deepen their relationship with Jesus. After raising her four children, Helen returned to the nursing field where she worked at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, and was quickly promoted to Assistant Head Nurse. She ended her nursing career as the Office Nurse in a Family Practice clinic with Dr. Colip and Dr. Dell in Grand Prairie. Helen enjoyed traveling with her family, attending school functions with her children and grandchildren, and celebrating birthdays with her family. She will probably best be remembered for her infectious, joyous laugh.

Helen is survived by her children, Danny Ray (Brenda) Bartel of Wichita Falls, Texas, Gary (Pat) Bartel of Grand Prairie, Texas, Janis (Bill) Burdett of Midlothian, Texas, and Dale (Traci) Bartel of Grand Prairie, Texas; eleven grandchildren; and twenty-one great grandchildren.

Pastor Bill Eubanks (retired) will officiate Helen’s funeral Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church Grand Prairie. Seating for the funeral at the church will be in every other pew for the public due to pandemic guidelines.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you consider making a donation to Helen’s favorite charity: Samaritan’s Purse


  • Visitation (**Note there will be a restriction on amount of people in building at a time)

    Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 30, 2020


Helen Marie Hudson Bartel

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Larry Dozier

June 6, 2020

In loving memory of Helen Marie Hudson Bartel.

Someone so special will not be forgotten. She lives on through me and many others to which she taught the Bible, while encouraging our faith in Christ.

Thank you God for your special gift - Helen Bartel!!

Laura and Pete Blackburn

June 5, 2020

Helen and Cecil together left such a beautiful legacy of joyful service to the Lord! Even after Cecil left this world, Helen continued to serve the Lord joyfully and to let everyone around her feel the Lord’s love, which overflowed from her own heart. She will be greatly missed! While we grieve with Helen’s family at the sorrow of having to say goodbye for now, we also rejoice knowing that she is now with her Lord and Savior and is receiving the reward that has been awaiting her. May their legacy live on as we remember how graciously they lived their lives and invested in their family, church family, community and the lost people of the world – all for His glory!

Delores McCown

May 31, 2020

A wonderful caring and devoted friend for over 65 years. Sunday School teacher, love and kindness for all. I WILL TRULY MISS HER, BUT AM SO VERY HAPPY THAT SHE IS NOW WITH HER HUSBAND, CECIL, AND MANY FRIENDS WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE HER.

Celeste Davis

May 30, 2020

LOVE the Bartel family! Helen's service was beautiful and the tributes, perfect. She was infectious in her joy and zest for life and was a dear dear friend to my parents, Curtis & Kathy French. I've said it all my life, I hoped and prayed for friends in my life like the Bartels. Love to you all!

Pama monfries

May 29, 2020

Precious lady. I've known her almost all of my life. When my mom and I moved to Grand Prairie, she befriended us and helped us feel welcome. Her family were precious to us.

Gary Baker

May 29, 2020

I will always remember Helen and the Bartel family from my early days in Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, through elementary school, jr high and high school. This family was a big part of my Christian training through observation and teaching. Faithful examples of how a Christian should live. I've always had so much respect and regard for Cecile and Helen Bartel and the children they raised. Thank you Helen, and thank you to the Bartel family. Helen will be greatly missed by many including me.

Leanne Barkley

May 29, 2020

Helen was such a beautiful, encouraging person, whenever we came back to the church from the mission field. And she was such fun to be with! She kept us laughing with funny stories. And she kept us motivated to serve the Lord with her encouraging words. We will miss her greatly!

Mary Jane Archer

May 29, 2020

We met Helen at Believers' Bible church (Grand Prairie Bible Church). I was a young mom of 2 small children (later 3!). Helen was a source of encouragement and wisdom in all that entailed being a mother of littles! I am grateful to the Lord for allowing us to know her. Her life pointed us to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lynette Wilson

May 28, 2020

I miss Helen so much. We spent so many hours over the years together in prayer during Wednesday night prayer meetings at church. I was always so happy to see her and hear her wisdom. The grace of Jesus was so evident in her.
She supported my husband and my work with Bible translation among Aboriginal people of Australia. She is now meeting some of the Aboriginal translators she supported as some have passed on.
All our love to the family.

Dale Barkley

May 28, 2020

We will miss Helen so much! What a wonderful, godly woman, always smiling, and always concerned about others. We enjoyed becoming acquainted with Helen and her dear late husband, Cecil, who were always such prayer warriors and committed to supporting the work of missionaries (like us). We are praying for her many family members - and for her entire church family - as we all grieve her loss. But we look forward to that great reunion someday in heaven!


Helen at 18 months old


Cecil and Helen around 1949