Helen Marie Stagg, 91, passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on Thursday, December 10, 2015.
Helen was a very strong, determined and independent person. She demonstrated these traits throughout her life, especially when faced with adversity. Helen was born in Booneville, KY on June 30, 1924 to Alex Dooley and Pearl Dooley Stamper. Sadly, at a young age, she suffered the pain of losing her father and the hardships that his death brought to her family. Years later, she met and fell in love with William Etienne Stagg. They married in 1940 and began a family, eventually bringing into the world two sons (Bill and John) and two daughters (Edith and Betty). At the young age of 52, Helen lost William to Alzheimer's disease in July 1976. Realizing that she would likely need to provide for herself for quite a long time, Helen set out to further her education, both formally and informally. She sought out the knowledge she would need in order to create and grow the means with which to live out her life in comfort and dignity. It was also during these years that she lost her firstborn son, Bill, and her firstborn daughter, Edith. In spite of immense grief and heartbreak, she continued preparing for her future. As we expected, she was successful. Her strength, determination and independent spirit will always be an inspiration to us.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, William Etienne Stagg; her son, William Charles Stagg and her daughter, Edith Marie Stagg Jones. She is survived by her son, John Stagg and wife Rhonda; her daughter, Betty Stagg Demara and husband Bob; her son-in-law, Jimmie Jones. Also survived by six grandchildren: Kevin Stagg, Trevor Demara, Melissa Demara Baker and husband Jeremy, Kim Jones-Garrison, Angela Stagg and Jennifer Stagg. Also survived by four great grandchildren: Avery Baker, Elliot Baker, Mattox Baker and Nolan Garrison.
A memorial service for Helen will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10 AM at Greatwood at Sugar Land Senior Living, 7001 Riverbrook Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. In lieu of flowers, Helen's family requests that donations be made to charitable organizations involved in the research and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, ovarian cancer or heart disease.