Helen Harriett Woosley Horn, 79, of Meridian and formerly of Fort Worth, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at a hospice in Waco with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Meridian Church of Christ with Minister Dan Manuel officiating. Interment: Meridian Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Pallbearers will be Sam Ross, Jeff Woosley, Ken Woosley, Jake Woosley, Butch McBride, Todd Murphy and Efrain Villarreal. Memorials: Providence Hospice Place, 300 W. State Highway 6, Waco, Texas 76712; or American Cancer Society. Helen was born April 8, 1934, to Hiram Woosley Sr. and Rhea Cooper Woosley in Meridian. Helen was raised in Meridian and graduated from Meridian High School, class of 1952. She attended Clifton Junior College for two years and then graduated from Abilene Christian College in 1956. Helen married the love of her life, Russell Horn, in 1957. She was a fourth-grade school teacher
in Newark through 1959, then raised her family and made her life in Fort Worth. After the death of her son in 1977, Helen became an inspirational figure in the lives of children and young adults by working at Tom-Tom's preschool; the YWCA-Downtown Fort Worth children's program and summer day camp; the Fort Worth Independent School District New Lives School for pregnant and parenting students; and for over 10 years at the YMCA New Beginnings Polytechnic High School in east Fort Worth, as a child-care provider and mentor for children and young adults. She richly impacted so many young adults and children with her mentoring and modeling, and loving and caring attitude. Helen always had a service-minded focus and she was loved by all. She retired from Polytechnic High School in 2003 at the age of 69. After her retirement, Helen returned to her hometown of Meridian where she continued her life of service and was involved with the North Bosque Helping Hands, which was her passion, and the Meridian Library craft night for children. Helen was also a member of Meridian Caring Carpenters, Bosque County AARP and Red Hat Ladies Society, which she dearly loved. She also supported numerous civic projects, including, as a cancer survivor, participating in the annual Relay for Life cancer walk. Helen was a faithful member of Handley Church of Christ in Fort Worth and, in her retirement years, Meridian Church of Christ. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Providence Hospice in Waco for their compassionate care of our loved one. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell Horn; son, Richard Horn; and brothers, Hiram Woosley Jr. and Henry Woosley. Survivors: Daughter, Sandra Underwood and husband, Mark, of Austin; grandson, Sam Ross of Austin; sister-in-law, Liz Woosley of Meridian; uncle, Hollis Woosley of New Braunfels; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of dear friends.