In Remembrance of and Thanksgiving for the life of Helen McKinzie

Nov. 28, 1926 – July 6, 2009

The family of Helen McKinzie would like to thank her friends and neighbors in Brownwood, Texas, for their love, care and support. A special thanks to her “sweet niece,” Joyce Leidig, for the care, friendship and support she lovingly gave to her Aunt Hel-Hel and Uncle Macker throughout their retirement years. Thanks to Kathy Spitler, her nurses and staff at Oak Ridge Manor for the excellent care they provided our mother during her short stay toward the end of her life. The family also wishes to thank neighbors Cotton and Margaret Wood and Mary and Frank Rodriquez for their role as first responders, great-nephew Grant Templeton and Betsy Johnson, for helping out on all fronts.  

Our mother kept the following often-published poem by Mary E. Frye close at hand in her later years. 

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. I did not die.

Happy Birthday, Mom.