OBITUARY

Helen Merle Wild

June 18, 1932March 29, 2018
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Helen Merle Todd Wild, passed away peacefully at her home in Welsh, LA on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the age of 85. She was born on June 18, 1932 to Milton Todd, Sr. and Alice Hood Todd in Baytown, TX. A 1950 graduate of Sulphur High, Helen was awarded the opportunity to write and publish the school’s Alma Mater which is still in use today. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in May of 1954 in Elementary Education. She married Edward Hight Wild of Crowley, LA at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, LA on December 27, 1953.

After moving to Welsh in 1960, the couple immersed themselves into the community and various ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Welsh. As a Christian educator and church elder, Helen, helped to establish programs such as “Pass it on” for Junior High kids, Vacation Bible School and the Protestant worship service at Golden Age Nursing Home. She also served the Presbyterian Church on a state and national level as a delegate of the General Assembly. Helen held a special place in her heart for children, especially those with special needs. She devoted her time and energy to the School of Exceptional Children’s religious program for many years hoping to share the Gospel with all young hearts. She was also very active in the Cowbells of the Cattleman’s Association where she served as President.

She avidly supported her own children through their activities including Cub Scouts, Welsh Band Boosters, little dribblers, FFA, 4H and always providing a welcoming home to their friends.

Those left behind to cherish her memories are her husband of 64 years, Edward Wild; son, Steve Wild and wife, Gretchen of Fairview, TX; daughter, Sharon Wild, DVM, of The Colony, TX; son, Brian Wild of Welsh; son, Bill Wild and wife, Karen of Welsh; son, Tim Wild and wife, Melanie of Welsh; grandchildren, Kristen, Stephanie Erin, Ethan, Gretchen, Grant, Jillian, Hannah, Kate, Griffin, Luke, Rachel, Lincoln, Gabe, Waylon and Stuart; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Coleman, Meghan, Claire, Zella, Ezrah, Hight, and soon to be, Farris; brother, John Todd and wife, Nancy of Thibodaux, LA, her sister-in-law, Simone Todd of Carlyss, LA and sister-in-law Barbara German of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her grandson, Everett Wild, parents, Milton Todd, Sr. and Alice Hood Todd, and brother, Milton Todd, Jr.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Welsh. Reverend Chandler Willis will officiate. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Welsh. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Hixson Funeral Home of Welsh. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

The family would like to say a special thanks to Emily Gay, Dr. Young Kang, Norma Kelly and her daughter Tisha, Deidra Williams and the staff of Lamm Family Care for the kindness and love they showed to our Helen.

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  • Those left behind to cherish her memories are her husband of 64 years, Edward Wild; son, Steve Wild and wife, Gretchen of Fairview, TX; daughter, Sharon Wild, DVM, of The Colony, TX; son, Brian Wild of Welsh; son, Bill Wild and wife, Karen of Welsh; son, Tim Wild and wife, Melanie of Welsh; grandchildren, Kristen, Stephanie Erin, Ethan, Gretchen, Grant, Jillian, Hannah, Kate, Griffin, Luke, Rachel, Lincoln, Gabe, Waylon and Stuart; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Coleman, Meghan, Claire, Zella, Ezrah, Hight, and soon to be, Farris; brother, John Todd and wife, Nancy of Thibodaux, LA, her sister-in-law, Simone Todd of Carlyss, LA and sister-in-law Barbara German of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    She is preceded in death by her grandson, Everett Wild, parents, Milton Todd, Sr. and Alice Hood Todd, and brother, Milton Todd, Jr.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 5, 2018
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Elizabeth Gratton Reeves

April 1, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss and that I couldn't be there for the funeral. Helen, my cousin, was one of the sweetest, most kind hearted women that I ever met. She always thought of other people before herself. She always had that beautiful smile and was so jolly and full of life. She knew the Lord and it showed in her daily life. Heaven must be rejoicing in seeing her go home.

Tina Brown LeBas

March 31, 2018

Dear Wild family, I am sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful lady who always made opportunities for good wholesome fun when we were growing up. I remember many events at the church and loved going to your home for great fun. We got to catch crawfish for a boil and enjoyed running around the farm. I loved riding the horses as much as they liked throwing me off. I saw Mrs. Wild often in mom's beauty shop and she happened to be there the day, when I was a small child playing with matches in the twin's room, set the curtains on fire. She helped my mom smother the flames with a quilt. I can still picture her running through the house with the cape flowing behind her. That day she was a real Super Woman. She was a great lady and mother. We were lucky to be your friends. Sharon, dear friend, thinking and praying for you at this time.
Tina Brown LeBas

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Biography

Helen Merle Todd Wild, passed away peacefully at her home in Welsh, LA on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the age of 85. She was born on June 18, 1932 to Milton Todd, Sr. and Alice Hood Todd in Baytown, TX. A 1950 graduate of Sulphur High, Helen was awarded the opportunity to write and publish the school’s Alma Mater which is still in use today. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in May of 1954 in Elementary Education. She married Edward Hight Wild of Crowley, LA at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, LA on December 27, 1953.

After moving to Welsh in 1960, the couple immersed themselves into the community and various ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Welsh. As a Christian educator and church elder, Helen, helped to establish programs such as “Pass it on” for Junior High kids, Vacation Bible School and the Protestant worship service at Golden Age Nursing Home. She also served the Presbyterian Church on a state and national level as a delegate of the General Assembly. Helen held a special place in her heart for children, especially those with special needs. She devoted her time and energy to the School of Exceptional Children’s religious program for many years hoping to share the Gospel with all young hearts. She was also very active in the Cowbells of the Cattleman’s Association where she served as President.

She avidly supported her own children through their activities including Cub Scouts, Welsh Band Boosters, little dribblers, FFA, 4H and always providing a welcoming home to their friends.

Those left behind to cherish her memories are her husband of 64 years, Edward Wild; son, Steve Wild and wife, Gretchen of Fairview, TX; daughter, Sharon Wild, DVM, of The Colony, TX; son, Brian Wild of Welsh; son, Bill Wild and wife, Karen of Welsh; son, Tim Wild and wife, Melanie of Welsh; grandchildren, Kristen, Stephanie Erin, Ethan, Gretchen, Grant, Jillian, Hannah, Kate, Griffin, Luke, Rachel, Lincoln, Gabe, Waylon and Stuart; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Coleman, Meghan, Claire, Zella, Ezrah, Hight, and soon to be, Farris; brother, John Todd and wife, Nancy of Thibodaux, LA, her sister-in-law, Simone Todd of Carlyss, LA and sister-in-law Barbara German of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her grandson, Everett Wild, parents, Milton Todd, Sr. and Alice Hood Todd, and brother, Milton Todd, Jr.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Welsh. Reverend Chandler Willis will officiate. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Welsh. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Hixson Funeral Home of Welsh. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

The family would like to say a special thanks to Emily Gay, Dr. Young Kang, Norma Kelly and her daughter Tisha, Deidra Williams and the staff of Lamm Family Care for the kindness and love they showed to our Helen.