Helen Rebecca Tidwell

Helen Rebecca Tidwell, age 94, passed peacefully in her sleep at her home on Thursday, April 5, 2018. She was born to Gerald and Ophelia Tidwell on Oct. 30, 1923 in Clifton, Tx.

She grew up in the small town of Meridian, Tx and graduated from Meridian High School top of her class. She then furthered her education at Weatherford College and continued on to Southwest University in Georgetown, Tx. There she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree Cum Laude in 1946. Upon graduation she began a long career in the banking industry in Atlanta, Ga. Then returning to her beloved state of Texas taking a position at the Bank of The Southwest in Houston.

Helen had such a zest for life and the desire to see the world that she often traveled to unusual and exciting places in many states, countries and less traveled destinations. When not on one of her adventures she belonged to “The Happy Hikers of Houston”. This kept her very involved in community and healthy activities in the Houston area and beyond.

After retiring as a Vice President of Business Forms Operations of The Bank Of The Southwest she moved to Grenelefe Resort in Haines City, Fla. There she met many new and dear friends, often saying her “Dance Card” was full with their many activities.

Although Helen never married or had children of her own she often said, she was blessed that her brother “Tinker” Gerald L. Tidwell Jr gave her eight nieces and nephews several great- and great-great nieces and nephews that loved and adored her.

Helen donated to many charities and community service organizations. One held a very special place in her heart and it was Habitat for Humanity International. She also maintained a generous Trust at Southwest University and Weatherford College both of Texas awarding grants to students to further their education. The Trust was a very important contribution to her that will live on as part of her legacy. Helen was also a devoted member of the Lamb of God Church in Haines City, Fla. where she has chosen to be laid to rest in their Memorial Garden.

She will be dearly missed by family and many friends. We are blessed and thankful to have had her in our lives for so many years. Her love, smiles, laughter and good humor will live on in our hearts until we see her again.

A memorial service will be held by family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers donation to the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity, The Heart Association or one of your choice in her name would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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