Helen David Jurries, 78, of Columbus, passed away Apr. 3 in Columbus.
Helen was born Oct. 25, 1942 to Frank W. David and Hertha (Gundelach) David in Schulenburg. On Mar. 25, 1973 she married Royce Jurries at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus.
The David family moved to Columbus when Helen was a young child. Helen’s mother, Hertha, owned the City Cafe in Columbus, where Helen worked along with her siblings. Helen attended Colum bus High School, where she was a varsity cheerleader. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Helen worked in the research department of Comet Rice. She then worked for Child Protective Services for 16 years. Helen then changed career paths and attended the University of Houston at Victoria where she obtained a degree in Education. She started her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Schulenberg. She then taught elementary school at Columbus Elementary School and St. Anthony’s Catholic School. Helen always enjoyed working with children and continued tutoring students at St. Anthony’s as well as from her home after she retired from teaching.
Helen was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Helen was well known for her baking. She enjoyed baking kolaches, cinnamon rolls, pies, cakes and cookies for family, friends and church functions. She was the proud winner of the kolache baking contest at the Kolache Klobase Festival in East Bernard. Helen was also an avid bowler. She bowled in many bowling leagues as well as tournaments. She also enjoyed golf, watching tennis and gardening.
Helen is survived by her husband Royce Jurries; daughter Susie Jurries and partner Kendrick Tiemann; sisters Jeanie Kansteiner and husband L.E., Margie Knippel and husband Erwin, Mary Jane Schobel and Diane Shofner; brothers Frank David and Johnnie David and wife Lois.
She was preceded in death by her parents Frank W. David and Hertha David; sister Nancy Keyser and husband Raymond; brother Billy David; infant sister Faye Marie David.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Apr. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.
A private family graveside service will be held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Pastor Mark Brechin will be officiating.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Hertha David Scholarship Fund, c/o Industry State Bank, 2015 Milam St., Columbus, TX 78934 or charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.