Sarah "Sally" Helms McLeod, age 71, of Houston (formerly of Galveston and Dallas), died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes at her home on Friday, the 7th of March 2014. Sally, the daughter of William Eldridge ""Squire"" Helms and Eva Kelleher Helms was born on the 9th of August 1942, in Dallas, where she attended Highland Park High School.
Sally was an honors student and served as head cheerleader at Highland Park. In 1960, Sally attended the University of Texas
at Austin, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and was named in the UT Cactus yearbook as one of the ""10 Most Beautiful"" female students. Sally met her future husband, former Texas State Representative E. Douglas McLeod of Galveston, while attending UT. She later transferred to and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, earning her Bachelor of Arts. In 1965, Sally married E. Douglas McLeod in Dallas and soon thereafter moved with him to Galveston, where they raised three loving children, Chanse, Alexandra and Lindsey. Sally was active in many charitable, community service and other organizations both in Galveston and Houston, serving as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Junior League, Galveston Historical Foundation, Cedar Lawn Garden Club, and the Republican Party, among many others. She was a devoted member of Trinity Episcopal Church while living in Galveston. Sally was an accomplished elementary and middle school teacher
for a number of years at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Galveston and at other Galveston County schools. In addition to her teaching career, Sally was a real estate broker and property manager, and member of the Texas Association of Realtors. In 1986, Sally moved to Houston, where she lived until her death. Sally was a member of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and later a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church while living in Houston. Affectionately known as ""Mia"" to her beloved grandchildren, Sally loved being a grandmother. Sally's smile could light up a room and she loved to laugh, enjoying many social outings. She was active in playing Mahjong, needlepointing, attending Bible study and book club, and debating politics. Not only was Sally passionate about the arts, she was also very creative, producing various watercolor painting series. Sally was a sweet and kind person, and she will be sorely missed.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Squire and Eva; and is survived by her brother, John M. Helms and his longtime companion Greta Bernitz of Houston; son, Chanse and his wife Sara Overly McLeod of Houston; daughter, Alexandra McLeod and her fiancé John Z. Blazevich of Los Angeles, California; daughter, Lindsey McLeod McCrory and her husband Blake McCrory of Houston; together with her four grandchildren - Katherine, Chase and Pierce McLeod of Houston and Brady McCrory of Houston; her nephew, John M. Helms, Jr., his wife Jennifer Helms and their children Jack and Grace Helms of Dallas; her former husband, E. Douglas McLeod of Galveston, and numerous other relatives in Florida.
A private memorial service was held on Thursday, the 13th of March, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where R-J Heijmen, Associate Rector for family, young adult, and student ministries, of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston officiated. It was attended by her family and close friends. Sally's remains will rest in Dallas next to her parents.
In lieu of customary remembrances, Sally's family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to a non-profit breast health organization, The Rose, Attn: Nancy Aguero, 12700 N. Feathewood, Ste. 260, Houston, TX, 77034 281-464-5142.