Helen married Gilbert Meaker in1948. Helen and Gib added texture to her painting with two daughters; Dorothy Kitt and Katy Dawn.
She attended West Texas State University and received her BS, BA, MSEd, Teaching Certification, All Level Art Certification and Kindergarten Certification. She loved education, and was an inspiration to all who wanted to expand their minds and interests.
Helen was the first Art teacher the Panhandle Independent School District ever hired, and the curriculum she created developed student artists that won recognition at all levels of the state for decades and is still being used today. She taught art at the college level for a time, was a gifted artist in her own right, and many of her works and portraits won national acclaim.
After the death of Gib, Helen retired and moved to Amarillo where she was eventually blessed to meet Fred Mans. They married and loved to dance and travel. She embraced his children Tony and Melissa.
Fred brought her great joy and she always felt blessed to have been married to two wonderful husbands! She also adored her son-in-law Ken Menges who added necessary black and white to her landscape. He likewise adored her and was captivated by her always colorful world.
The painting of her life included her beloved granddaughter from Fred, Halli Mans of Gruver and her beloved granddaughter from Katy and Ken, Lyric Dawn Menges of Dallas. And Melissa’s precious daughter Katie Carden.
Framing her canvas and holding her painting are her extended family of her two remaining devoted sisters: Dorothy Knierihm and Janice Mecaskey and brother-in-law Raymond Mecaskey; and her brother Harrison Caldwell and sister Faye Walker who pre-deceased her.
She is remembered in love by numerous beloved nieces and nephews, along with countless students and families to whose lives she gave color and texture. She inspired family, friends and strangers to strive to do better and appreciate art in the world around us.
Her Lord has signed His name to her canvas and called it finished and well done.
Helen’s family expresses deep gratitude to the nurses, caregivers and hospice staff at the Hansford Manor in Spearman.
A Celebration of the Canvas of Helen’s Life will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Panhandle, Texas 79068. Arrangements are by Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell, Amarillo.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter Office, 4144 N. Central Expressway, Suite 750, Dallas, Texas 75204