Helen was born Oct. 23, 1933 in Panhandle to Dora Dellis and Ellis William Russ. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Panhandle. She married Tommy Daniel Tarpley on Nov. 23, 1952 in Panhandle. She loved doing crossword puzzles, word search and going to garage sales. She also loved to go to the casinos, eating at KFC and Long John Silvers.
Surviving is her husband, Tommy Tarpley Sr. ; sons, Tommy Tarpley Jr. and wife Linda of Amarillo and Roy Tarpley and wife Terri, of Panhandle; daughters, Pam and husband Gary Walker of Amarillo; Janet and husband John Wilson of Childress and Betty May and friend Troy of Kerrville; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren