Helen Joey Wiesen Donowho of Sheffield, Tx passed away Saturday, Nov. 16 at Senior Care at Meadow Creek Nursing Center in San Angelo, Tx at the age of 94 years, 11 months and 3 days.
She was born in Dallas, Tx to Ollie Elnora Simmons and Joseph Frederick Wiesen on December 12, 1919. She moved to Ranger, Tx and spent her school years there. She graduated from Ranger High School. She married Wilbur Walton (Bill) Donowho on June 4, 1938.
Preceding her in death are one infant son, Billy Joe Donowho; her parents, Joe & Ollie Wiesen, 3 brothers, Homer of Denison, Bob of Odessa and Fred Wiesen of Ranger. Her husband Bill Donowho of Sheffield passed away April 26, 1997.
She and Bill moved to Sheffield in September 1940 with a 2 month old baby, Helen Jean and spent almost all of their remaining years around Sheffield. Bill went to work for H.C. Noelke, Sr. Helen had never lived in the country and they lived 10 miles south of Sheffield on a ranch with no electricity or any city amenities. They spent a short time in Midland, cutting up tank batteries, until they went back to work for H.C., Sr. in Sheffield. They lived in San Angelo on the Noelke farm, waiting for their child, Pat, to be born for a short while and then back to Sheffield. They moved into town in 1951 and Bill continued leasing a ranch and working in the oilfield (during the drought of the 50s). He also had a windmill service in later years. Helen was a stay-at-home mom and fed anyone that showed up at mealtimes. We lived in a small home but it seemed to expand as needed.
She loved people and thought she would just be everyone's Granny and that is what she was known as.
Helen is survived by her Daughter - Helen Jean & husband Carl, San Angelo,Tx and children - Jeffery Carl & wife, Shirley, sons Dustin Carl & wife, Ashley and Sean Floyd; all of Iraan, Tx Jonell Aurora Vay & husband Bryan Coleman of Giddings, Tx, Devin Leigh Guice & husband Jordan, daughter Helen Margaret of San Antonio, Tx, Khera Aurora Vay, of Natalie, Tx and Lane Kristoph-Coleman Vay of Giddings, Tx
Son - Patrick Clayton & wife, Nancy, Granbury, Tx
and children, Pam Lawrence & husband Joe of Sweetwater and children, Jordan Lawrence of Uvalde, Jonah Lawrence of Sweetwater, Tx and Justin Lawrence of Sweetwater, Tx.
Todd Donowho of San Angelo, Tx and sons, Joshua of Abilene and Jacob of San Angelo
Son - Robert Micheal of El Paso and children, Natalie Conners & husband Glen and son Michael Justin of El Paso, Tx; Pamela Arcides of Midland, Tx and Justina Joy of Pampa, Tx
Son - James Edward and wife, Carol of Sheffield, Tx. children James Clayton and children Taylor Rose and James; Davis Shook & daughter Meagan; Roxana Donowho and daughters Tiffany Pitts and husband Jake children Reagan & Brantly of Artesia, NM; Rachael of Sheffield, Tx, Michael Walton and wife, Penny and children Korey Kunc, Tylor Walton and MayCe Gail of Brady, Tx; Cathy Wagoner and her children: Jessica Medina & daughter Hayley; Kendra Medina, Tristan Everett, Eli Doran. Patrick Smith and his children, Austin & Christopher Smith; Amber Arriaga & husband Felix and her sons Cory & Andrew Templeton Odessa, Tx.
Son - Wilbur Joe and wife Rowlana of Youngsville, LA and son David and wife, Kim and children Nichole Youngs, Dixie Roy, Christopher, Skye and Laila Donowho.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Mother Holmes Baptist Church in Sheffield. Burial will follow in the Sheffield Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to the Mother Holmes Baptist Church in Sheffield, Texas.