Mary Helen Lomax was born in Big Spring, Texas May 2, 1928. Her parents were Everett and Lillie Mae Lomax. Her grandparents were Louis and Mollie Lomax and Henry and Mary Hayden. |
She is survived by her sister, Yonne Lomax of Alpine. Also surviving are her cousins, Mrs. Evelyn Stallings Adkins of Stanton and her family, Jimmy Stallings of Midland and his family and Louis Stallings and wife, Luan of Big Spring and their family. Other relatives are Sharon Grewell and her husband, Gene of Phoenix, Ariz. and their daughter, April Meek and her husband, Jake, and Joan Jordan McCown of Odessa; and longtime friend, Mrs. Leota Adams and her family of Houston. A special thank you is given to her special caregivers during her illness. They are Concha Hernandez, Jean Sierra, Corina Brown, Diana Gonzales and Bobbie Lane.
Mary Helen was raised on the family farm in the Lomax Community in Howard County named after her grandfather, Louis Lomax, who settled this community when he acquired ranch land in 1922 and turned it into farm land. Her grandfather gave the land for the first school that was named Lomax School. Her mother, Lillie Mae, was one of the first teachers at Lomax School.
Mary Helen completed seven years at Lomax Elementary School and then went on to Big Spring High School and graduated after four years. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas in 1949. She began a 19-year teaching career that started at a private girl's school in El Paso, Texas. After teaching for three years, she spent several summers at Texas Women's University in Denton and obtained her Master of Arts Degree with a Major in Physical Education. With her new degree she began to teach physical education at different schools which included New Mexico A&M (now New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico), Albuquerque, New Mexico Junior High, Odessa Junior High in Odessa, Texas as well as San Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas (now Angelo State University).
After her 19th year of teaching, Mary Helen decided to attend the summer session at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. with thoughts of broadening her horizons. By the end of that summer, she had found an unexpected, but interesting alternative to the teaching profession. She transferred to the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. that fall and was awarded a Master of Library Science Degree in the summer of 1969. It was during that summer of 1969 that Sul Ross State University of Alpine had just completed the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library. Mary Helen applied for a position in the library and was hired as a reference librarian. She held that position for the next 22 years, until she retired in August 1991.
Mary Helen remained in Alpine after her retirement enjoying the "slow-paced and relaxed atmosphere" a small town affords.
Memorial services for Mary Helen will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel in Big Spring.
The family suggests memorials be made to the West Texas Boys Ranch, 10223 Boys Ranch Road, San Angelo, Texas 76904; the Grand Companions, P. O. Box 1156, Fort Davis, Texas 79734; to New Mexico State University, Las Cruses, N.M. 88203; or to a
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at: www.npwelch.com
Published in Big Spring Herald on Mar. 6, 2016