OBITUARY

Helen Marie Vinson

November 12, 1928March 12, 2019
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Our blessed mother and Mammaw, Helen Marie Vinson, went to meet her Heavenly Father on March 12, 2019. She was born at home in Gilbertown, Alabama, on November 12, 1928. Marie lived her life in Houston from the age of 20. She was actively involved in church most of her life at Tabernacle Baptist, First Baptist Heights and most recently moved her membership to Oak Forest Baptist. Marie loved to work with children and did so in church, VBS and as a crossing guard for Harvard Elementary. She held multiple part time jobs while also being present raising three children. She is survived by daughters; Emily Jane Janczak and Susan Jean Pangburn, son Lance Shannon Vinson; grandchildren Sheri Stegent, Robin Turner-Macaluso, Gary Patrick Turner, Greg Turner and Lance Shannon Vinson II, great grandchildren; Samantha Paige Vargas, Kaitlyn Marie Macaluso, Madeline Rose Macaluso and Natalee Grace Stegent and sister Emily Irene Stairhime along with many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband W.E. “Biggie” Vinson, and grandsons; Michael David Turner, Mark Allen Janczak and Anthony Joseph Janczak and brother, Amos Wesley “Buddy” Sikes. A visitation for Marie will be held Monday, March 18, 2019, at 9AM at Heights Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will begin at 10AM followed by a reception at 11AM. Graveside service and burial will occur at 1:30PM at Brookside Memorial Park, 13747 Eastex Frwy, Houston, TX 77039. Please share fond memories and expressions of sympathy at www.heightsfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 18, 2019
REMEMBERING

Helen Marie Vinson

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Susan Pangburn

March 16, 2019

I can't find the right words to say how much you mean to me, and all of us. You were an amazing mother, and loved without question. Some of my favorite memories are gatherings at your house. Enjoying your great cooking, watching you play with the grandkids, even skating with them, spending Christmas eve with the family at your house. Thank you for being such a wonderful mother to me. I am glad you're at peace and not hurting anymore. I know daddy and Joe were there to walk you thru heavens gates.

Natalee Stegent

March 16, 2019

I remember when I was little my mom would take me to see Mammaw every friday, and this one time I took an Ariel doll from The Little Mermaid to show her. I have always loved her so much, and one reason being she would always just listen to everything I had to say. So when I went to show her the doll I just talked away, about Ariel's mermaid tail, and about how she would use it to swim through the water. When I look back at the video of this I also remember that I would say "No Mammaw," when she would be wrong about something about the doll, then I would correct her and she would just listen some more. I love this about her because she would still have a smile on her face when I told her "no," and that she was wrong, unlike some people you might talk to.

Loyd Stegent

March 16, 2019

Marie was someone whose light shown on everyone around her. That light came through as a loving heart filled with joy and laughter. Marie will be missed but her light will always continue to shine down on us from Heaven above.

Pat Turner

March 15, 2019

I am so sad to lose my Mamaw. I remember being a kid and my parents would leave me with mamaw. She loved me so much. She would make strawberry cake for my birthday cause it was my favorite, and I would hide under the table because I was so shy. Later in life I found myself in trouble and there I was, mamaw and my Dad came to an agreement to help me. Mamaw taking care of me and only worried about my well being. So many times I neglected our relationship, but mamaws love shown thru no matter what. I will miss her always, and miss waking up to her homemade biscuits etc. Her love not only showed thru her heart, but also in her cooking. No Christmas eve will ever be what we knew it as....

Gregory Turner

March 15, 2019

So many of my memories in child hood start with Mamaw, even though most of my cousins spell it wrong with two "M"s lol. I remember going for walks all over the heights, skating, and even being woken up by her doing her exercise videos. Being with you was always being at home, being safe. I remember many times you coming to get me and making me comfortable. You're arms were always my safety net, emotionally and otherwise. I would give almost anything to have you hold me in your rocker again. I miss you so much. Life happens and we miss out on times, but you were always there. When I graduated high school, when I bought my first house, etc. Your love lives true in my heart without judgement. When I came out, you said Jesus loves me, and you do too. Other than my Dad, I don't know anyone that loved me like that. See you in heaven, when the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.

Lance Vinson II

March 15, 2019

I wouldn’t be the person I am today without Mamaw. She taught me everything I know about being a Christian. Not by any means am I a perfect person but she always taught me how to be a good person. Me and my cousins wouldn’t be the people we are today without her in our lives. I love every one of them and I know she did too. We lost a very special person in our lives this week, but we all know she is watching over us making sure we don’t go astray. The one thing that has made her passing easier for me is that she lived her whole life loving God and I know she is in a Better place now. When she was sick years ago she told me, “I’m not afraid to die because I know where I’m going. And one day you won’t be either.” She lived her whole life preparing for the after life and there is no better feeling than not having to worry about where she is today. Her and Joe are watching down over us rejoicing and happy to be seeing each other again. Making up for lost time. One day we will all see her her again when the time comes but for now let’s rejoice for how happy she made all of us. She wouldn’t want it any other way.

Robin Macaluso

March 15, 2019

I know Joe, Mama Green and Pappaw were all there waiting to take you home. No truer statements was ever told than when Tom said recently "if anyone ever deserved to be at peace and to be in Heaven its Mammaw" I appreciate that much of my time growing up was spent with you. I will never forget the times you made Uncle Lance drive you all the way to Florida to be with me and my family. I cherish and wont forget how you swallowing your fear of flying to come and stay with me after Kaitlyn was born. I still feel guilty that you stayed up all night with her the night before you left while she screamed from colic so that I could actually try to sleep. I have a picture of you in my living room. So....sometimes if I choose to have a few drinks I have to leave the room because your watching me and I cant stand for you to worry or be disapointed. I have some really wonderful memories of you that I will forever cherish. I know you will be watching over us until we come and join you. Knowing your watching encourages me to try to live a better life. I will strive to be more like you every day going forward. Allow me to apologize in advance Mammaw. I know I will never have as much grace or to be as wonderful a woman as you but I will try to live a better life every day. Baby steps Mammaw. Baby steps. You will forever be in my heart! I will forever love you.

Jane Janczak

March 14, 2019

Mama,

It was my honor to be your daughter and take care of you in your last years. We had a lot of fun memories together like going to see the bluebonnets, going on trips, going to see bluegrass music on the weekends and eating great homemade meals at your house. You were a terrific cook. Thank you for encouraging me to grow in my faith, to get back into the church and worship with you. It gave me comfort to read the Bible with you and say the Lord's Prayer together to start our day. I didn't realize how sudden you were leaving us once you started to go. I hope Joe was there to take you home. Thank you for your positive influence in my life in raising my children and grandchildren. I'll miss your gentle spirit.


Love you, Jane

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