Oct. 19, 1931 - July 9, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Helen Dalene Graham Boren passed away to her Lord on July 9, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Helen was the eldest of four children born to educator William Woodson Graham and Verda Leona (Bland) Graham. Helen was born October 19, 1931 on her grandparents' Allen, Oklahoma farm. She received her first education in Hilltop community, then in Little River community of Hughes County. After graduating from Holdenville High School in 1948 she went on to East Central State Teachers College (now East Central University). There she met the love of her life, Jack Boren, and they were married in December, 1950. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1952. Helen taught Home Economics at Hydro, Oklahoma as Jack completed his degree from Southwestern College in Weatherford. They then moved to Ponca City where Helen taught at the high school and Jack was employed with Conoco. Helen and Jack committed their life to Jesus when they were baptized into the Church of Christ in 1957. They were blessed with two daughters, Jana and Sara, and loved and educated them in Ponca City. Helen enjoyed life in Ponca City and loved teaching, not only in the public school but also in the church. She especially enjoyed teaching the kindergarten and first grade Bible classes. When Jack retired, Helen retired and they were free to follow their hobbies of fishing (Jack) and oil painting (Helen) and, of course, grandchildren. After 40 years in Ponca City, they moved to Oklahoma City to be near their grandchildren. They considered this a joy and a blessing. In all they were blessed with five grandchildren who kept their later years busy and exciting. Helen was active in the Artists' Studio Group of Edmond, where she found wonderful friends and creative inspiration. Most of her paintings are interpretive landscapes inspired by God's majesty. Throughout her life her artwork was exhibited in many galleries and shows and is now enjoyed in homes and businesses across the country. Helen was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her devoted husband Jack, daughters Jana Boren and Sara Jandreau (husband, Robert) of Oklahoma City, brother JR (wife, Rorie) of San Antonio, two sisters Charlotte Barnes of Houston and Verdonna Timmons (husband, Jack) of Tulsa, and five grandchildren (Jason and Alyssa Hand, Jackson, Hope, and Bennett Jandreau). Her sweet spirit and unshakeable faith were an inspiration to us all. She faced death with courage and grace. She taught us how to live, and she showed us how to die. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, July 15, 11 a.m., at Demuth Funeral Home, 1145 W. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
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Published in The Oklahoman on July 14, 2013
Demuth Funeral Home
1145 W. Britton Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73114