August 11, 1920 – July 4, 2017
Irene Helmers Willis entered this world on August 11, 1920 in Sherwood, TX. She left this world on July 4, 2017. Irene was a long time resident of Grand Prairie which included many years on Stephens Parkway and then spent her last 6 years at Mountain Creek Retirement. She worked at home doing sewing and ironing for the public for many years and later worked at Don Juans doing the cooking and at Motts in the toy department. Many longtime cherished friendships were made along the way. Irene was preceded in death by parents, Hattie and Adolf Helmers; brothers, Alfred, Arno, and Malven Helmers; sister, Dorothy Hoey and husband Elbert Willis.
Survivors include daughters, Betty Jane Young and husband Jim of Fort Worth, Carolyn Golden and husband Clyde of Grand Prairie, and Pamela Whaley and husband Tom of Grand Prairie; grandchildren, Paula and Robert Wood, Jimmy Jr and Tammy Young, Clyde Jr and Cari Golden, Lisa and Kris Wood, Adam Palmer and Kaci Palmer; great grandchildren, Hunter, Brandon, Emily, Alexis, Clayton, Carson, Malory, Morgan, Korra, Amariah, and many special nieces, nephews, and Mountain Creek friends.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017
March 28, 2020
I miss Granny so much, it hurts everyday but I feel God took her when he did so she did not have to suffer. She was tired being 96, we all knew that and though she couldn't bare the thought of leaving us behind, it was her time to be with the Lord. I believe God took her, my dad and now my stepdad in the past 3 years because he knew in this crisis we are dealing with they would have suffered tremendously. I could not understand at first why he would do such a thing to us but He has opened my eyes and now I see the bigger picture! Thank you Lord though I miss them everyday I am thankful they will not have to endure what we will in the coming weeks. I can still see her in the kitchen cooking, having tea parties with me, playing bingo with Dorothy. I can smell her scent and just miss everything about her. The last thing she said to me (as we were quickly getting our stuff together to leave due to the 3 kids all screaming) was, "Don't worry, it'll get better." And with a calm voice and gentle smile on her face. Granny is my hero and admiration. Remembering those words and seeing her smile is what keeps me driven to do what I can and not give up. She was such a strong woman even though she had so much emotional pain on the inside that she didn't let anyone see. And she loved her family with every ounce of being in her. She would do anything for any of us. I know a lot of people think she favored my brother and my kids over others but it is not true. She knew my brother had issues since he was a child and I think she felt sorry for him for a few different reasons on top of knowing she would never get to say goodbye to him or have a conversation without having to be searched and patted down. Her phone calls with him meant so much cause that is all she had left. I will always remind my kids who you were as a person and as our granny! And yes I still go to the cemetery quite often and make sure the grass is clipped and everything is in order lol. I love you more than nething
October 30, 2017
Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11
July 6, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss Paula. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Wayne and Deb Mitchell
July 6, 2017
Prayers for peace and comfort. Or deepest condolences.