LEWIS, Helen Colleen|
Colleen was born on March 15, 1927 in Marble Falls, Texas, to Georgia and Haywood Plunkett. She passed away peacefully December 9, 2013, surrounded by family and friends at Gateway Gardens in Marble Falls.
She is predeceased by stepson, Henry E. Lewis, Jr. and stepdaughter, Dixie M. Stoller. She is survived by half-brother Barry Tracy and wife Patricia, of Cedar Creek, Texas, daughter Phyllis Winn of Austin, Texas, stepson Carroll Ray Lewis and wife Jeanna of Bloomfield, New Mexico, stepson Brant Lewis and wife Vikie of Weimer, Texas, stepson Mark Lewis and wife Sandy of Kingsland, Texas and son-in-law, Dan Stoller of Fort Worth, Texas, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and dear friends.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls and the Marble Falls Chapter #435 Order of Eastern Star.
She graduated Marble Falls High School as Valedictorian in 1944, earned 24 hours at the University of Texas and 80 hours at the U.S. Postal Service Academy.
Colleen had a distinguished career, 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service. She began as a part-time clerk and rose through the ranks, serving as Postmaster from 1972 until her retirement in 1986. During that time she established city delivery and represented the Postal Service in site selection for a new Post Office with the Marble Falls City Council for two years -- she was also selected to serve as Officer-In-Charge of the Post Office in Kingsville, Texas during a vacancy there.
She held a real estate broker's license and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Highland Lakes Board of Realtors 1966-1968, Director of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters, Director of the Marble Falls Water District 1976-77, Director of the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce 1976-78, and President 1977, named Outstanding Citizen 1981, Director of the Hill Country Community Foundation 1985, member Marble Falls Planning & Zoning Commission 1990. She was also a charter member of the Highland Lakes Service League.
In 1990, she was appointed as Municipal Judge and served for six years.
She served on the Burnet County Hospital Authority Board numerous years, continuing to serve on the Highland Lakes Health Fund Board after the sale of the hospital to the Seton Hospital Network.
Colleen particularly enjoyed her lakeside home and could identify many native birds by sight and sound. She was a keen judge of character and treated people fairly. Never one to mince words, she was witty and fun to be around. Above all her philosophy of loving life to the fullest, enjoying every moment, inspired all who knew her.
Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Atkinson, Keith Burns, Tommy Houy, Holland Lester, Martin McLean, Griff Morris, Howard Murchison, Cecil Stapleton, Ware Newby, Lee Ussery, all of Marble Falls and Charlie Gilliam, of Austin.
A private burial service will be in the Marble Falls City Cemetery and a memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, Highway 281 North, Marble Falls, Texas at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 15, 2013, with Brother Max Copeland officiating.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all of Colleen's special friends, and the wonderful, loving healthcare specialists and caregivers at Gateway Gardens, private caregivers, and Texas Home Health Hospice and Dr. Milton Shepherd.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Women's Helping Center, Marble Falls, Texas or the Marble Falls EMS.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2013