Dateline: January 9, 2003


Helena Elizabeth Catoe died at the age of 80 Monday, December 30, 2002, in Amarillo, Texas. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 1, 2003, in the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon with Reverend Marty Hamrick of Amarillo and Reverend James Ivey Edwards, Pastor, officiating. Burial took place at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon with arrangements by Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon.

Mrs. Catoe was born February 21, 1922 in Ashtola, Donley County, TX. She was a long time resident of El Paso, and then a resident of Clarendon for several years before moving to Amarillo recently. She was a foster care parent for many years in El Paso. She was a public school math teacher for 28 years before her retirement. After retirement, she was an active volunteer in the Methodist Church in Clarendon. She was recently named to the Globe News Volunteer of the Day for her work at Park Place Towers. She was a member of the Polk Street Methodist Church in Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, one brother, and five sisters.

Survivors include one son, Leslie Catoe of Odessa; three grandchildren, Ivy, Daniel, and Bryan; one sister, Willa Cook of Amarillo; 11 nieces and nephews, Joe Lovell of Claude, Jim Lovell of Dumas, David Butler of Dumas, Jan Chandler of Amarillo, Lea Reynolds of Amarillo, Elaine Poovey of Stinnett, Bob Poovey of Yoder, CO, Kenneth Butler of Quanah, Dean Cook of Amarillo, Bill Ramsay of Borger, Patsy Robertson of Clarendon; and numerous great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

Casket bearers were Sam Lowry, Don Williams, Jim Shelton, Paul Bivens, Ted Shaller, Doug Lowe, Jack Moreman, and Williard Skelton.

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