Our Mother, Helen Anne Hamilton peacefully passed away on April 16, 2022, in Houston, Texas surrounded by her loved ones. She was a native Houstonian, born on Jan. 23, 1931, at Memorial Baptist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is preceded in death by her beloved Mother, Paula Bristow and by her Husband Wayne R. Hamilton, Architect AIA. She is survived by her sister Mary Laverne (Verne) Acord, sister-in-law Suda Smith, her two children: son Randy Hamilton and wife Terri, and daughter Cynthia Story and husband Rick. She leaves behind 3 grandchildren, Ryan, Nick (Gaddy) and Matthew. She also had two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Ian Hamilton and numerous nieces and nephews.\r\n\r\nShe and her younger sister Laverne were raised by a single mother during the depression where they all shared coveted ration stamps for coffee.\r\n\r\nShe took a San Jacinto High School modeling course from Mary Beth McDonald, who opened the first modeling studio in Houston. Being a natural platinum blond, she was selected for a photo shoot with the actor Van Johnson and appeared in print for Battlestein's, Levy's and Teen magazine.\r\n\r\nShe attended the University of Houston School of Architecture and was one of two females in its first freshman class. She also modeled for the photography class. \r\n\r\nHelen met her future husband Wayne Hamilton, a U of H architecture upperclassman on a double date. She also began working for the Texas Company (later Texaco) in the geological drafting department. She excelled in the graphic aspect of oil and gas drafting.\r\n\r\nShe and Wayne married on Sept. 2, 1950, and in 1951 they joined Second Baptist Church in downtown Houston on McGowen St. SBC offered a rare co-ed Sunday school class. When the church moved to the Woodway location in 1965, she and Wayne went with it, supporting and donating toward the new facility. They were lifelong members. Wayne was President of the Forum Bible Class and served as a money counter for the church. Helen was active in the choir for years and served in the "Friends" mission program. \r\n\r\nShe left work to start a family and had two wonderful children. She had a boy first; Wayne Randall (Randy) and 3 years later, a girl Cynthia Anne (Cindy) - her perfect dream family. Helen and Wayne settled in Westbury, a new subdivision in southwest Houston, and she was a "stay at home" mom for 25 years. She cooked every meal, made costumes, kept the home, collected beautiful objects, planned creative birthday parties, and ferried us to lessons and sports of every kind.\r\n\r\nHaving an inquisitive and creative mind, she was an avid reader, loved movies, music, clothes, and shopping. She was a member of the Opera Guild, the President's Advisors at Houston Baptist University, the Paperweight Society, The Houston Forum, the JCC and the American Institute of Architects Women's Auxiliary - her favorite affiliation. She volunteered one day a week at the Museum of Fine Arts in the gift shop and often as a docent.\r\n\r\nWhen her children were grown, she went back to work in 1977 at Phillips Petroleum as a Geological Draftsman and worked for 7 years until taking early retirement. She and her sister then cared for their terminally ill Mother in 1988.\r\n\r\nShe and Wayne loved to travel and rather than scenery, they were interested in the origins of civilization and the structures erected. She loved seeing the architecture old and new which they studied at the U of H. Their travel photos depicted more buildings than landscapes.\r\n\r\nShe was widowed after 44 years of marriage in 1995 when our beloved Father went to be with the Lord, and she began to learn about the things Daddy always handled. She concentrated on her grandchildren and babysitting always included a trip to the movies.\r\n\r\nIn 2015 she sold their Westbury home and moved to the Treemont Senior Living facility on Westheimer. She decorated her new apartment with her favorite treasures and still entertained until her death April 16, 2022.\r\n\r\nShe was particularly close to her sister who lived nearby, and we always shared every special occasion with our cousins. Laughter and music were a constant in our lives. Helen was a loving Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Aunt, and loyal friend. She will be dearly missed by her family as they await being reunited in Heaven.\r\n\r\nFamily and friends will gather and share memories of this wonderful woman's life during a memorial service at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway, Hankamer Chapel at 11am on May 9, 2022.