Helen B. Gross
Helen B. Gross
  • February 15, 1914 - April 21, 2017
  • Port Lavaca, Texas

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Helen Baker Gross passed away peacefully with her niece by her side at Kindred Hospice in San Antonio on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the age of 103. She was the youngest of 13 children born to James Artemas and Sarah Alice Baker in Lockney, Texas on February 15, 1914. She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ.
After high school Helen attended Lippert Business School in Plainview where she met L.E. (Edward) Gross. They were married December 26, 1936 and were blessed with one daughter, Elizabeth Alice (Beth) who passed away after a long illness at the age of 33.
In 1950 the family moved to Port Lavaca where Edward worked in the smelting section at the newly-built ALCOA plant in Point Comfort. Then in the late 1950s Ed and Helen began their business, Port Lavaca Real Estate and Maintenance. Helen continued running the rental portion of the business from her husband's death in 1980 until her health prevented her from doing so in 2016.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; 12 brothers and sisters; her daughter; her husband; and her grandson, David Edward Stokes.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as numerous great nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews living throughout the United States.
Visitation will be held at the Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home in Port Lavaca on Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. Services will be held at the Port Lavaca Church of Christ on Wednesday, April 26 at 10 a.m. with Shan Jackson, minister, conducting the service. Burial at Greenlawn Gardens will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Port Lavaca Church of Christ building renovation fund; Meals on Wheels of Calhoun County; Kindred Hospice, 13431 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216 or a charity of your choice.