Helen R. Bates

February 22, 1931 ~ January 29, 2020 (age 88)


Helen Latham Reynolds Bates 88, of Longview died peacefully in the presence of her loving family, January 29, 2020.
Helen was born February 22, 1931 in Longview, to Lois and Robert Latham. She attended school in Longview. Married J.T. Reynolds on June 22, 1947 and they had four-children Sandra, Bobby, Marvin and Mona.
Later in life, she attended college and graduated from Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth with a Bachelors of Arts. She pursued a career in Social Services with the Texas Department of Human Resources. She retired from the Fort Worth office as a supervisor of her dedicated Social Services team.
After retirement at 62 she enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and short group trips to Bossier City. She moved back to her hometown, Longview, 15 years ago to be with family and friends. Helen is remembered as a generous grandma with an appetite for learning, and an interest in geography and travel, and a sharp sense of humor.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, her stepfather Leslie Grimes, her former husband JT Reynolds, brother-in-law Homer Humphrey, many aunts, uncles, cousins especially Louise King Ellison and her husband Edwin. In addition, Helen's family fondly remembers Jean Lamb her best friend and running buddy.
She is survived by her sister Jeanette Humphrey; her four children and their spouses, daughters Sandy and Robert Kinsey; Mona and Vince Collins; sons Bobby and Marvin Reynolds. Her 8 grandchildren and their spouses, Chris and Richard Dyer; Kim Linsenbardt and Andy Brei; Eric and Ruthie Linsenbardt; Clint Reynolds; Cassie and Megan Collins; Nicole and Zach Fleming, and Dylan Reynolds; and 10 great grandchildren.
A funeral is scheduled saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10 o'clock in the morning in the chapel of Welch Funeral Home in Longview. The family will receive friends in the Garden Court for a time of visitation immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of East Texas. In addition to her family, Helen will be missed by her many friends and the care staff at Garden Estates.

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Life Celebration® Funeral Service
February 8, 2020

10:00 AM
The Chapel of Welch Funeral Home
4619 Judson Road
Longview, TX 75605

February 8, 2020

11:00 AM to TBD
The Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home
4619 Judson Road
Longview, TX 75605

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