Helen Haddad Farah

July 24, 1927, May 15, 2019

Helen Farah

Helen Haddad Farah, age 91, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Beaumont, Texas. 

Born on July 24, 1927, in Labelle, she was the daughter of Camelle Haddad and Louis Shaheen Haddad. Both her parents immigrated from Lebanon and became early rice farming pioneers after settling in Southeast Texas in the early 1920s. Helen graduated from Fannett High School in 1946 after lettering in basketball and serving as the “giftatorian” for her graduating class. 

After high school, Helen attended Lamar Collage in Beaumont where she studied business.  Upon graduation, she spent 8 years in the auditing department of Sears, Robuck and Co before retiring to raise a family. 

In the late 1940s, Helen was introduced to Emile SP Farah by her friend, and Emile’s sister, Gloria Farah at their local church, St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. After dating for several years, they were married in 1952.  Helen and Emile spent the next 51 years together raising two children, spending time with their close-knit family and devoting their time and resources to their church.  Helen and Emile enjoyed cooking for family and friends, reading, tending to their homegrown garden and traveling to church conventions and Emile’s Navy reunions. Saturday morning breakfast at “Auntie’s house” with her Beaumont family was a treasured past time.    

Helen’s family and church were her true passions in life. A life-long parishionerof St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, she served as an active member of the Altar Society and choir. She will always be remembered as a woman of faith, grace, generosity, hospitality and overall kindness to all.

Helen was blessed with two children, Amelia and Shaheen, who she cherished. As a mother she was active in their lives by participating in the PTA, Boy Scouts, and always being there to listen and provide encouragement during challenging moments. Not only was Helen a wife and mother, she was also a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. The love and guidance she provided to others earned her the respect of being "Auntie Helen" to many "family" members.

She is survived by her daughter, Amelia Farah Lyons; son-in-law-law, Gene Lyons; son, Shaheen Louis Farah; daughter-in-law, Kerri Williams Farah; granddaughter, Rachel Lyons Eaton and her husband, Mark Eaton; grandson, David Lyons and his wife, Sharena Lyons; grandson, Michael Farah; and granddaughter, Megan Farah Blick and her husband, Aaron Blick. She is also survived by her eight great-grandchildren. Surviving nephew is Carl Haddad and his family, of Deer Park; surviving nieces are, Camelle Bitar and her family, of Beaumont and Tammy Haddad and her family, of Fannett-LaBelle. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Dahar S. Haddad; and great-granddaughter, Abigail Eaton.

Special thanks are due to the loving and conscientious staff of Summer Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Senior Care Center and to the compassionate staff of Altus Hospice Care for caring for Helen during the last part of her life. 

Pallbearers are Carl Haddad, Mike Edd, Gerald Farha, Aaron Blick, Mark Eaton and David Welborn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 680 North 15th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702. God rest her soul, and may her memory be eternal.

A gathering of Helen’s family and friends will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a Trisagion Service to follow at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.  Funeral services will be held at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 680 North 15thStreet at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, with Father Michel Pavez officiating services. Interment will follow the funeral services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Video

Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Friday, May 17, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Trisagion
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Friday, May 17, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church
680 N. 15th Beaumont, TX 77702
11:00 a.m.
Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
4955 Pine St Beaumont, TX 77703

Comments (7)

  • Judy Hammond

    20 May 2019 at 16:01 | #

    Amelia, so sorry to read of your Mother’s passing. I hope many memories. will bring you and your family comfort in the days ahead.

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  • Susan Hoyt

    19 May 2019 at 06:50 | #

    Dear Amelia, I am so sorry to read of your mothers passing. Seeing the pictures of her and your family,
    brought such an emotional rush remembering all the times spent growing up together in the old neighborhood.
    Sweet memories of a very close and loving family.. God bless you and be with your family during this time.

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  • Broocks Osborne

    18 May 2019 at 03:11 | #

    Shaheed and Amelia.....Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

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  • Barbara & Tommy Leicht

    17 May 2019 at 13:25 | #

    Shaheen, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May Her Soul and all the souls of faithful departed, Rest-In-Peace.

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  • Joanie Browning Grado

    17 May 2019 at 12:37 | #

    Shaheen and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Offering prayers of comfort and peace.
    Joanie Browning Grado

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  • Steven Floyd

    17 May 2019 at 02:11 | #

    Shaheen - my condolences on your loss - she was a sweet lady.

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  • Patricia Brannan

    15 May 2019 at 23:27 | #

    Love you all. Sorry for your loss.

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