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Cedillo, Mary Helen Mary Helen (Maria Elena) Cedillo rose to new life and united with the true love of her life, Jesus Christ, on April 4 as the sun rose and doves sang outside her bedroom window Easter morning. Helen was born to Arturo and Juanita Davila in Dallas, Texas on March 27, 1945. She attended Eagle Ford Elementary, St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School, Alex W. Spence Jr. High, and Crozier Tech High School. She attended El Centro College, Dean's List. Faithful wife, loving mother, grandmother, godmother, sister, aunt, loyal friend, wise counselor, excellent communicator, Helen was best known for her joyous spirit and inspiration. Whether praying with prisoners, guiding children, encouraging the sick, joining a worthy cause, Helen's heart was tremendous - always thinking of the best for others irrespective of race, color or creed. At age 7, Helen walked door to door selling raffle tickets for constructing Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in 1952. This mustard seed of faith grew into a lifelong love of serving in church and community. While her kids were still small, Helen sold at mercados on weekends to fulfill her goal of having all five kids attend Catholic school. Helen worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Principal at North Dallas High School and the University Outreach. She joined NationsBank in the customer service department - named Employee of the Month on numerous occasions and received the prestigious LEND Award for leadership excellence in neighborhood development. Her proudest professional position involved helping her children establish their law offices, sharing her values and empathy with all. Helen enjoyed tremendous pride in her children/grandchildren and was named a recipient of the Avance Mother of the Year. When diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2003, Helen set out to write a book, "I See the Beauty and Love of Jesus in Everyone" as a memoir for her family. Helen had a great sense of humor, loved to tell jokes, dance to the oldies, pray the rosary, spend time with her grandkids, and frequent yard sales on sunny days. Always a gifted negotiator and communicator, even to the time of her passing, she negotiated a 70% reduction on the dress for her funeral. Helen is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Johnny and husband, Jesse Cedillo, Sr.; survived by her mother-in-law, Sofia Cedillo, her sons, Jesse Cedillo and his wife, Viola, Arturo "Turi" Cedillo, Eric Cedillo and his wife Laurie, and Anthony Cedillo and his wife, Roseanne, and her daughter Mary Elizabeth Pereira and her husband Oscar; her siblings, Fred Davila, Frances Davila, Alicia Wilches, Joseph Davila, best friend Annie Davila, Jesse Davila and his wife Anita, and Paul Davila and his wife Yolanda, her grandchildren Angela Marie Garcia, Natasha Fitzgerald, Rene Cedillo, Christina Cedillo, Isabella Cedillo, John Eric Cedillo, Jr., Alyssa Cedillo, Anthony Cedillo, Jr., Paul Cedillo, Lauren Cedillo, Joseph Cedillo, Amanda Pereira, Gabriela Pereira, and Oscar Samuel Pereira; her great-grandchildren, Kris, Andrew Garcia and Grant Fitzgerald and many nieces and nephews who loved her like a mother, "adopted daughters" Frances Wilches, Cynthia Rogers and Sonia Dimas helped her on the passage to heaven. Rosary vigil at Calvary Hill North Chapel on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 PM and Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, April 8 at 10 AM at the Cathedral of Guadalupe Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tackle Cancer Foundation, 17311 Dallas Pkwy, Ste. 220, Dallas, TX 75248, reference Helen's Team. For more information, please visit www.calvaryhilldallas.com.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 6, 2010
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