Helen VanDeaver, 74

Helen Fay VanDeaver age 74 of Pattonville died Sunday Aug 26, 2012 in McKinney Medical Center

Funeral services will be 4pm Wed August 29 in Wood Funeral l Home Chapel in Deport with Pastor John Kelley and Rev Fred Fangio officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery under direction of Wood Funeral Home

The family will receive friends 3-4 pm Wednesday  at the funeral  home.

She was born in Clardy Texas, Lamar County Sept 14, 1937 the daughter of George and Hazel Pearson Cheatham.  She was a graduate of Deport High School in 1956 and a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1959

She married Gordon VanDeaver Sept 26, 1959 in Deport building 52 years and 11 months of marital bliss. She was a longtime member of Deport First Presbyterian Church and a charter member of 50 years of Deport Order of Eastern Star

Helen was preceded in death by her parents George and Hazel Cheatham.

Surviving are her husband Gordon VanDeaver of Pattonville, a daughter Charlotte Fay Velasco and husband Tony of Austin, a son James VanDeaver and wife ViVi of Paris, granddaughter Alita Meryl Velasco of Austin; one brother, Charles Cheatham and wife Rosa of Texarkana; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and will be greatly missed by many friends

Active pallbearers will be James Cheatham, Wayne Fisher, David Cheatham, BillyPearson, John Denison and Gary Pirtle

Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy, Gary, and Jody VanDeaver and Mike Cheatham

Online condolences may be sent to www.woodfuneralhomes.com

  1. Audrey Scott says:

    Gordon and family, I am truly sadden to read about Helen. I remember seeing her grow from a pretty little girl to a beautiful young lady. One of the most memorable times that I remember is she,her parents, my husband and I were in the group that joined the Paris Eastern Star and then forming the chapter in Deport – so you see we were charter members of the Deport Chapter — she being the youngest of the group. Another thing she and I had in common – we both married great guys from Fulbright.
    I hadn’t seen her in many years but I did keep in touch. I will always cherish her (and Gordon your) friendship.
    I know you all are going to miss her but just know that she is in Heaven now with her parents and is not suffering any more.
    In Christian Love,
    Audrey Scott

  2. Audrey Scott says:

    Gordon and family, I am truly sadden to read about Helen. I remember seeing her grow from a pretty little girl to a beautiful young lady. One of the most memorable times that I remember is she,her parents, my husband and I were in the group that joined the Paris Eastern Star and then forming the chapter in Deport – so you see we were charter members of the Deport Chapter — she being the youngest of the group. Another thing she and I had in common – we both married great guys from Fulbright.
    I hadn’t seen her in many years but I did keep in touch. I will always cherish her (and Gordon your) friendship.
    I know you all are going to miss her but just know that she is in Heaven now with her parents and is not suffering any more.
    In Christian Love,
    Audrey Scott

  3. William C. Collignon says:

    Prayers are with you during this time of grieving and know that the angels are looking over Helen Fay in heaven and she is not in pain anymore.

    Bill

  4. William C. Collignon says:

    Prayers are with ou during this time of grieving and know that the angels are looking over Helen Fay in heaven and she is not in pain anymore. Was a wonderful long time neighbor.

    Bill Collignon

  5. Johnie Lee says:

    My deepest sympathy to Gordon and the family at this time of loss. I know the past months have been a trying time on you, as a family, as well as for Helen, herself. She is now free from the chains which have bound for all these many months. My thoughts are with you at this time. I know you have many wonderful memories which you will cherish in the coming years. I will remember her as always having a smile and pleasant personality.
    Johnie Lee

  6. Vanessa says:

    Dear Mr. James VanDeaver, I use to be a student of yours in spanish class at Chisum High School 3-4 years ago. When I heard about your mothers death I decided to write to you somehow and I found this and hope it actually gets to you. Mainly I am dropping by to give you some information that helped me a lot when I lost a close family member. I dont know how your relationship with your mother was but I know mothers are mothers and we all would want to see them again. That is exactly what God Jehovah(Psalms 83:18) promises us. In John 5:28-29 he says “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out….” So you see, we have this hope. Sometimes when we loose someone loved we all tend to drop to conclutions and say stuff like “oh why did God take her away?” or “well i guess God needed another angel” but is it really that way? 1John 4:8 says that God is love. Why then do we all think it was him that causes this? Well we are all imperfect as Romans 5:12 states, so we tend to think this way. But, we are forgeting that just like there is a loving God, there is and “Angel” that disobeyed him, remember? (1Peter 5:8)Jehovah let us know through his word that he will distroy this enemy and after that the promise stated earlier and also the promise in Rev. 21:4 will come true. But how are we so sure that the time of seeing our loved ones that have passed, is close? well Jehovah also left us a lot of clues to go by in the Bible. One of the main ones is how he explained humanity would be during the LAST DAYS and if you read 2Timothy 3:1-5 you will see that is exactly what is happening now in greater scale than befor.Well I hope knowing this gave you as much strength as it has given me.
    Love, Vanessa R(18yrs old-Paris TX)

Send a Condolence