Gainesville - Helen Elizabeth Shaw Barron, 90, of Gainesville, FL passed away on June 25, 2014 at The Village in Gainesville, Florida.

Helen was born on January 29, 1924 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Her family moved to New York City and then on to Norfolk, Virginia where her father served in the U.S. Navy. She attended Holy Trinity from grades one through twelve, graduating in 1942.

Helen married Thurston Clark who was also in the navy, later moving to Tampa, Florida. There she took great joy in raising their three children. Some of her hobbies included sewing, cooking and being with her friends at the Kismet Club. She always welcomed neighbors and friends and she is remembered by many of her children's friends for her kind spirit.

Later, Helen moved to Columbus, Georgia where she met and married Francis Barron while working at Columbus College School of Nursing. They later moved to Gainesville, settling in Meadowbrook where they enjoyed their children and grandchildren during their retirement years. She was devoted to serving at Catholic Charities, St. Jude's and the St. Patrick's Catholic Church gift shop.

She is preceded in death by her husband Francis Barron; her parents John Forrest Shaw and Alice Herberger Shaw; her beloved sisters, Anita Kilpatrick and Barbara Miller; and her brother, John Shaw.

Helen is survived by her sons, Dwyght Clark (Melanie) and Ronald Clark (Kathy); daughter Carolyn Kelley (Marshall); step-daughter Betty MacDonald (Bill); step-son Aubry Barron; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 500 NE 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32601; on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12 - 1 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 pm. Interment will take place at Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Fl 32606.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities or St. Jude's Hospital.

Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL. Please sign Helen's online guestbook at


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Published in Gainesville Sun from June 27 to June 28, 2014