Helen Ora Woodlee Lorenz, 96 years old, passed away at home in Sand Springs, OK, on July 14, 2021. Helen was born March 23, 1925 in Summit, Georgia. She was the oldest of three children born to DeWitt Clifton Woodlee and Alta Kathryn Bouldin. Active in sports, she was a member of the 1942 Chickamauga High School State Champion basketball team. She graduated from Chickamauga High School in 1943. She had an exemplary work ethic and worked clerical and secretarial jobs after high school. In 1954, she joined the U.S. Air Force and worked as a legal secretary with the Air Force Judge Advocate General's office at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. It was there, in 1956, she met and married TSgt. Charles Barnard Lorenz. From 1956 to her husband's retirement from the Air Force, Helen and Charles and their three children lived in a variety of cities, towns and countries where Helen made every residence a home for her family. Their family settled the longest in Broken Arrow, OK, where their kids finished elementary schools and graduated from Broken Arrow High School. Helen was active in Cub and Boy Scouts of America and Brownies and actively supported her children and their wide-ranging interests. As her children left the nest she reentered the business world. She was office manager for Rain-Flow Guttering in Tulsa and then Ladders of Tulsa for nearly twenty years. When her husband moved into the Veterans' Center in Claremore, OK, in 2000, Helen had a house built near her daughter in Sand Springs, OK. She lived in this home, that she made a welcoming destination for everyone, until advancing age caused her to move in with her daughter and her husband a few years ago. Throughout her life Helen was constantly active, even up to a few weeks before her passing. She loved working in the yard and her flower gardens, and attracting hummingbirds. She possessed a green-thumb and wherever she lived she grew flowers, inside and outside of her homes. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, making beautiful cross-stitch pictures to frame as gifts, reading a good mystery book, and working jigsaw puzzles. She made friends easily and had a great sense of humor. She became son-in-law Andrew's kite model—her pictures were shared and loved by kite enthusiasts around the globe. For years she travelled with the ladies in the Red Hat Society, who she loved. She loved animals and especially loved her cats, the last being Katie. She was a strong woman who made her decisions on her own and left this world the way she wanted. Helen had a huge number of friends who loved her. She will be missed tremendously forever by many people. Her husband predeceased her; as did her brothers, Charles Lewis Woodlee of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Thomas Baxter Woodlee of Franklin, North Carolina. She is survived by her son, Lewis C. Lorenz and his wife, Jeana Lynne Nickels Lorenz of Tulsa, OK; her daughter, Elizabeth K. Hardtner and her husband, Andrew Hardtner of Sand Springs, OK; her grandsons, Perry William "Trey" Evans, III of Tulsa, OK, Nicholas Jared Evans of Toluca Lake, CA, and Alexander Christian Lorenz of Owasso, OK; and her nieces and nephews, Rick H. Woodlee of Mountain Home, NC, Carol Arnold of Franklin, NC and Kim Langley of Travelers Rest, SC, Janet (Monty) Parks of Chattanooga, TN, Terry Lynn Rose of Chattanooga, TN, Malcolm (Tiffany) Ramey of Signal Mountain, TN, and Zea Ramey of Chattanooga, TN. https://www.serenitytulsa.com/
Published by Tulsa World on Jul. 20, 2021.