Helen Dravoe Stockdale Carr completed her earthly journey on June 17, 2020 and went home to be with her Lord.
A private family service celebrating her life will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Irving, June 27, 2020, with The Rev. Bob Corley officiating.
Helen was born in Moline, Illinois on May 18, 1923 to the late Margaret Blair Heizer and Kenneth C. Stockdale and grew up in Rock Island, Illinois. Helen attended the University of Illinois and after a year, felt compelled to do her part for the war effort. She joined the Civil Aeronautics Administration where she communicated with U.S. military & civilian pilots providing navigation and weather information. She was stationed in Iowa, Ohio and finally in New Orleans where she was featured in the Times-Picayune as the first woman in the Southern United States in this role. She met Bernard Francis Carr in New Orleans and they were married in Folkston, Georgia on June 5, 1946. They settled in Grand Prairie, Texas in 1950 where they raised their family.
Helen was a lifetime Episcopalian. She gave her time, talent, and treasure and faithfully served many years in her church as a Vestry Member, Altar Guild Chair, and Sunday School teacher. In civic work, Helen served as Republican precinct chairman for many years and was a board member of The Dallas County Flood Control District No. 1 for over thirty years.
Preceded in death by her husband, Bernard and daughter-in-law, Vera, Helen is survived by her children Michael F. Carr, The Rev. John P. Carr and wife Lucy, and Mary Carr and husband, Bob Bruner. Grandchildren Katie Milam and husband Mike, Christopher Carr and wife Kendra, Cooper Carr, Megan Carr Douthat and husband Ned, Hunter Stockdale Carr and wife Jackie, Mark, Sarah, and Alex Bruner. Great-grandchildren Merrick and Nash Milam, Marsh and Elise Douthat, Emery and Audrey Carr.
Helen will be greatly missed by her family and friends who were the beneficiaries of her generosity and kind spirit. She demonstrated her love of God and strong faith in her daily life, leading by example, and was devoted to her family.
Pallbearers are her grandsons Mark Bruner, Alex Bruner, Christopher Carr, Cooper Carr, Hunter Carr, Ned Douthat, and Mike Milam.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union Gospel Mission Tarrant County P.O. Box 1957 Fort Worth, Texas 76101-1957.