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Pat H. Foley & Company

1200 West 34th Street, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Helen Fusig Hegwood

April 10, 1932August 24, 2020
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Our Mother, Helen Fusig Hegwood, went to be with Dad on a beautiful Monday evening at 5:35 pm. She had no pain. Her breaths were lighter and lighter until she had left us for Dad and bluer skies. She was 88 years young.

She had been waiting so long to see her King B. as it had been just over 11 years since his passing. Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Fusig, her loving husband of 54 years, King B. Hegwood and brother Joseph Fusig Jr.

She is survived by her 4 V’s. Daughters: Vicci Huble & David and Vivian Lantz & Brian; Sons: Vincent Hegwood & Kim and Vernon Hegwood & Christine; Grandchildren: Kelsie Farmer & Randy, Leigha Huble & Brandon Knize, Brent Hegwood, Braden Hegwood, Emily Wingate & Bryce and Abby Hegwood; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Olivia Farmer, Cooper Huble and Joshua Wingate in addition to numerous nieces and nephews and cousins which she loved so dearly.

A native Houstonian, Helen grew up in the Heights and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy. In HS, she and her girlfriends would drive to Ellington Air Force base to dance with the new enlisted men. Helen loved dancing at Bill Mraz Ballroom, and it was at a dance in Crosby that she met her King. They would marry at All Saints Catholic Church in the Heights.

Helen was a prayerful person, giving God all the glory and praise for everything in her life. Her kindness to everyone would always shine through but it was her voice that stood out the most. She sang in 3 different choir groups and was honored to sing at the Astrodome for our Astros! For over 20 years she opened the Czech Fest at the Fort Bend County fairgrounds by singing the Czech National Anthem and the Star-Spangled Banner. There was never a dry eye in the building. The number of weddings she sang at were countless and was often requested to sing at funerals and did so sometimes with very little notice. She would say that it was some of the most difficult times to sing especially when she knew the family, but it was an honor for her. She had a gift and she was happy to share it.

Helen also found time to be active in the Houston Czech community and the SPJST. She felt strongly about preserving the history of the Czechs that came to Texas since her Mother immigrated at age 16 and only returned home to Czechoslovakia once in 1957. She volunteered in many capacities at the SPJST, holding several positions including Guide, Sales Rep and even President.

Helen started her Real Estate career in the 1970’s and continued for over 30 years selling homes in the Greater Heights. Throughout most of her adult life she also sold life insurance for the SPJST. She sprinkled her knowledge, kindness and empathy together to help connect with so many. She would eventually become a State Field Representative, recruiting and providing training for her reps in District V. She served on the Insurance Committee and as a delegate at numerous SPJST State conventions. She was active even as late as last year.

For decades, Helen and King spent Thursday nights at Bingo at lodge 88 and attended many dances on Saturdays with their friends at the SPJST chandelier ballroom. She loved family time filled with card games especially Cribbage and Skip-Bo.

After King passed, Helen took his spot playing penny poker each Tuesday morning. She knew all the card games and taught most of them to her grandchildren. Helen truly cherished her Tuesday poker buddies and the friendships they had together! Monthly, Helen caught a bus to Coushatta to go gambling. It was her only vice. Until last year, she made the monthly journey with the help of her buddy James. He was her guardian each month making sure Helen stayed safe.

Visitation will be 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 at Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 4th, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 1833 Sage Rd. Houston, TX. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Extra special thanks to our Sylvia. She was a loving caregiver to Helen but became more of a daughter to our Mom and a sister to us all over the last year. Helen’s wish was to remain in the home that she had made with her King and it was Sylvia’s efforts that made this possible. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made towards the Helen Fusig & King B. Hegwood Memorial Scholarship Fund. https://spjst.org/hegwood-scholarship/

To view a livestream of the service, visit https://youtu.be/XNzr_z6QxzE

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • Recitation of Rosary

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Rite of Committal

    Friday, September 4, 2020

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Peter Wingate

September 1, 2020

Our family is deeply saddened by this news. In the short amount of time that we have known her, we were smitten by her lovely nature, charm and grace. What a beautiful person through and through, and a blessing to her family, friends and community. In Heaven, there's a soprano's first chair waiting for her in God's Czech choir. We wish for the Hegwood family to feel the comforting embrace of all of your family and friends.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Tammie Bartkowiak

September 1, 2020

Chrissy and Vernon,
Brian and I wanted to let you know that we are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Hegwood. We feel so honored that she sang at our wedding 32 years ago. Treasure the memories always.
Love to all
Tammie & Brian Bartkowiak

Jolanta Mazewski-Dryden

August 31, 2020

What a beautiful lady. Deepest condolences to the family. I remember her very well through her work with the Czech organizations and me through the Polish organizations. Always loved her voice and beautiful songs. Enjoyed seeing her at the Rosenberg festival.

James Tedore

August 30, 2020

Sorry for your loss. I didn't know Mrs. Hegwood, but I always admired how Abby and Emily cared so much for their grandmother. I hope that the Hegwoods always cherish the happy memories they had with her.

Kathy Tedore

August 30, 2020

I remember Helen’s lovely smile and devotion to others. May God Bless her family during this time of sadness and rejoicing.

Terri Beaston

August 29, 2020

I meet Helen through her daughter whom was very devoided to her mom, she was always doing things like taken her for hair appointment to things for the lodge. Lunch with the sister club or bingo did not matter Vicci was a part of Helen'a life. I will miss her and send my prayers to Vicci and her family. Love and prayers to all.

Carroll Butler

August 29, 2020

I was blessed to have the opportunity to do a little work for this wonderful caring lady .
Hopefully the work that I did for her made her life a little better.
Rest In Peace, You’re now In a great place, Heaven welcomes you with open arms.

Linda Fusig

August 29, 2020

So very honored to be a part of this family. Of course I'll never forget Aunt Helen's beautiful voice. Thank you God for sharing her.

Betty Poehl

August 29, 2020

Thinking of you all. Always think of how much Bob enjoyed playing volleyball at SPJST with Helen and others. She always reminded me of those days when I saw her. A lovely person who will be greatly missed.
Loving thoughts,
Betty Poehl

Greg Hollaa

August 27, 2020

To the Hegwood family,
My condolences to all of you during this most difficult time. Your mom always had a beautiful smile for whomever she met and she was always eager to help out. Know that she will always be close to you in your hearts. May she rest in peace.

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