Helen Margaret Wylde Mayhew passed away peacefully on Aug. 26, 2013, in Upland, Calif., surrounded by loving family. She was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Feb. 8, 1925, to Ellen Ritchie Wylde and Alexander Wylde.
She had two brothers and a sister who, along with her parents, preceded her in death.
Helen married Alexander Mayhew in 1947 and traveled to Japan, Germany and several states as an Army wife.
She gave birth to six children, three boys and three girls, in nine years ‹ each one at a different Army station. The family settled in the El Paso region where Helen lived for over 45 years. Her husband passed away in 1979.
Helen lived a full life of 88 years and remained close to her six children Sharon Hodges, Debbie Kost, Jim Mayhew, Tom Mayhew, Jacki Hoover and Jerry Mayhew; three daughters-in-law Barbara, Kathy and Linda Mayhew; two sons-in-law Al Hodges and Don Hoover, 10 grandchildren and their spouses, and three great-grandchildren.
She mourned the loss of Gary Compton, her daughter Debbie's partner, who passed away in February of this year. She also remained close to a sister-in-law, three nieces, and several cousins who still live in Canada.
Helen maintained a strong interest in politics and current events, and kept up on the news and her family through her computer. She was active on Facebook, regularly sharing updates and stories with her family and friends.
She was the glue and the center of her family. She was, at the same time, a very private person, and her family said farewell in an intimate gathering.
Because of her many years as an Army wife, and the military service of several of her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren, she requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Semper Fi Fund or Wounded Warrior Project.