November 10, 1929 – July 21, 2020
Helen Derry was born November 11, 1929 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Mr. J. D. and Mrs. Mary Tudmon. Early in life, Helen professed a faith in Jesus Christ and was subsequently baptized in a Redland, Texas river. She later relocated to Beaumont, Texas where she united with St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church and diligently served her Father as a member of the choir.
Following her formal education in Nacogdoches County schools, Helen worked in the hospitality industry. Her remarkable career fostered a reputation marked by her exquisite culinary and freshwater fishing skills. Helen was joined in marriage to Cleon Clifford Derry. To this union three children were born: Cleal Patrick, Clyde Leonard, and Annie Louise.
Later in life, Helen relocated to Houston, Texas where she lived her final years among her doting family. She loved life, engaging with family, and especially enjoyed listening to her grandchildren sing. Helen’s earthly endeavors ended in the morning hours of July 21, 2020. She was preceded in death by her devoted parents and loving husband. Helen is survived by her dear children, Cleal Patrick Derry, Sr. of Beaumont, Texas, Clyde Derry (Minerva) of Houston, Texas, and Annie Derry Lartigue of Rosharon, Texas; one sister, Ollie Flanagan of Houston, Texas; a special cousin, Eloise Culbreath of Nacogdoches, Texas; a special daughter, Jacqueline Dorsey (Joe) of Houston, Texas; and a special neighbor, Diana Young of Beaumont, Texas. Helen’s memory is also cherished by 16 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends
Saturday, August 1, 2020
August 1, 2020
Ma, on this your very special day, please take with you the ever lasting memory that I have and always will love you, to the very depths of my soul. Losing you has left a void in my heart. Rest my sweet mother. You left a legacy. REST♥️♥️♥️
August 1, 2020
You will be missed so much! I will forever smile over our conversations about you getting ready for a date. You would say, "Oh. Yes, girl". You were truly a blessing to us all. I wish I could have bought you crawfish one more time. Until we meet again in Heaven! Rest in Heaven my Angel!
We love you Forever, Always and Eternity!
July 31, 2020
To my dear family, I am truly sorry that I can't be with you to share in the celebration of life for our dear Helen; or "Tootin Nannie" as we often called her. She was a sweet spirited person and a jewel to know...she will be missed.
It is my prayer that God will comfort you and strengthen you during this time and in the days to come. Love you!
2 Timothy 4:7-8
Rest well Helen!
Eloise -"Lil Sister"
Ester Traylor Egins
July 30, 2020
To the family of Mrs. Helen Derry. Praying for all of you, at this difficult time.
July 28, 2020
Prayers and Condolences to the Derry family.
July 27, 2020
To Mr. Clyde and My Dear Sister Anika. I am so sorry for your loss. Just know the Bedford Family is praying with and for you during this time. Love you all dearly.