OBITUARY

Helen Sanderford

June 27, 1927May 1, 2021
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Helen Louisa (Woodward) Sanderford was born June 27, 1925 on farm located about 3 miles north of Jarrell, Texas. Helen was the fifth of 12 children of Lola (Allen) and Alma Woodward. She lived on this farm and attended Jarrell High School until 1941 when her family sold the ancestral home and moved to a farm close to Killeen.

Shortly thereafter, Fort Hood was established and the farm was taken as part of this project. Helen continued high school in Killeen in order to graduate with her class.

Two months after graduation she married her classmate, Maxwell Sanderford, Jr. They married July 18, 1942 in the parsonage of 7th Street United Methodist Church (now Oak Park UMC). Less than a year after their marriage, Max was inducted into the Army. After several months of training he was sent to fight in the European Theatre after D-Day. He served honorably until the end of the war.

Om Max’s return, he enrolled at “THE UNIVERSITY” in Austin. While Max earned his business degree, Helen paid the bills while her “Putting Hubby Through” degree while working at the Texas Employment Commission. They were lifetime fans of the Longhorns.

Max took a management position with Sears Roebuck (as it was known then) in Houston, Texas. Helen also started working for Sears. After 10 years in Houston, Max was transferred to Shreveport and Helen to the Bossier City Sears store. They lived in, and enjoyed Shreveport for 3 years.

They came back to Texas, with Max beginning a 25 plus year career with General Dynamics, and Helen soon leaving Sears to form, and manage a children’s clothing store (Play-Mates). Her talents as a business manager were evident as the store prospered and Helen prospered and Helen operated the store continuously for 14 years. In 1989, Max retired and he and Helen moved to Highland Haven on beautiful Lake LBJ near Marble Falls where they spent 7 great years until health issues persuaded them to move to Temple where they spent the rest of their lives.

Beginning in 1957, Helen became a fixture and leader in the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 63 years. She served in many offices and committee appointments, including Worthy Matron (3 times). Deputy Grand Matron (2 times), grand Representative of West Virginia, and Grand Martha.

Helen was a member of Oak Park United Methodist Church and Susannah Wesley Sunday School class where she was affectionately known as “Baloney” (we think for an opinion she once expressed. Helen loved playing bridge and participated in the Sammons Senior Group for more than 20 years. She always expressed love and thanks to partners-Poncho, Wanda, Cheryl, and Mary, and certainly including long-time partner Sister Patsy. Patsy probably has a table waiting with a seat for Helen at this time.

Special love and gratitude to my good and special friend, Sandra Mikesell, who has helped me in so many ways and took me to many places I could not otherwise go.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; husband Max, son Robert, infant son dying after birth, sisters; Juanita, Arleigh, Mary, Patsy, Nellie, and Peggy. Brothers; Woody, Ken, Jim, and Joe. Grandson; Stephen.

Helen is survived by her sons; David and wife Chelia, Bill and wife Lee, sister Sarah James, Grandson Dylan, granddaughter, Mollie, great-granddaughters, Lindsay and Meri and great grandson Jason. Love and affection is also expressed to her 5 great-great grandchildren, and the many nieces, nephews, and HUNDREDS (PERHAPS THOUSANDS) of her treasured friends whose path she has crossed.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home 3220 S. 31st St. Temple, Texas 76502.

A funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at the funeral home followed by burial at Killeen City Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

  • FAMILY

  • David M. Sanderford, Son
  • William L. Sanderford, Son

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Diane Griffin

May 6, 2021

My memories of Helen were through the Order of the Eastern Star. I first met her at an installation in Lott. I was a new member of OES , learning every meeting. She was installing officer and everything was by memory. She was so eloquent. In subsequent years she was someone I looked up to. Just before Covid hit, she earned all the Ritualistic Excellence awards that were possible for a female. Impressive memory especially in her 90’s. Rest In Peace sweet lady!

Cheryl Sanderford Nix

May 6, 2021

I never had the pleasure to meet Helen but she is my Eastern Star Sister. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time.

Cheryl Sanderford Nix

Jennifer Yenger-Bodnar

May 6, 2021

Dear Grand Sister Helen,
I was so honored and grateful to have served with you as a grand floor officer, you as Grand Martha and myself as Grand Adah. We had such a good time serving as Grand Pages for Mom Jayne Yenger. I know that you are walking in the Garden of Angels and that you are rejoicing with loved ones gone before. I will miss you sweet lady.
Fraternal Love Always,
Jennifer Yenger-Bodnar

Linda Smith

May 6, 2021

Helen was a joy in our bridge group and a wonderful friend. She would always say, just bid it and if we don’t make it, we don’t care. She was a great bridge player. I know she and Patsy are up in Heaven playing bridge.

Karon COWAN

May 4, 2021

Helen was an astounding role model for all Eastern Star members. Her love of the order and the ritualistic work was obvious and gave us all something to strive for. I feel so honored to have known her if only for a short while.

May God bring your family comfort in the wonderful memories you share of this blessed and special lady.

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