Helen Marie Short
October 23, 2013, 8:00 am by Eric Betancourt
Helen Marie Short, 92, passed away peacefully in her home in Horseshoe Bay on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
At her side was her husband of 72 years, Jim (James J. Short); her daughter Patty Ristvedt, and son Mike. She was born to Floyd Henry and Kathryn Collins Angermiller in Bee County, Texas on Sept. 12, 1921.
Helen grew up on south Texas ranches, attended grade school in Utopia, and graduated from Sabinal High School in 1940. She met Jim shortly before he entered the Army Air Force. They were married in Hondo and spent the war years serving at several bases, until his discharge when they moved to Champaign, Ill. Helen graduated from Champaign Commercial College in August of 1947 and began work at G.B. Franks Insurance Company while Jim finished his course work at the University of Illinois. After college, they embarked on a 40-plus year career with Caterpillar Tractor Co. which took them from Virginia, to Massachusetts and finally to Peoria, Illinois. After Jimís retirement in 1986, the two moved back to Helenís home state of Texas and the Horseshoe Bay community.
Helen enjoyed tennis, golf, and bridge with the wonderful collection of close friends she found in Horseshoe Bay. Her family and friends knew her solid, determined personality; her loving embrace of life, her abiding support of her children and grandchildren, and her enduring love for Jim. Her guidance, beautiful smile, and fabulous homemade desserts will be missed by all.
She is survived by her husband, Jim, 91; her daughter, Patty Ristvedt, Pattyís husband Bill, (both of Excelsior, Minn.), and her son Mike (Minden, Nev.); grandsons, Michael Ristvedt (Phoenix), Will Ristvedt (Minneapolis), Chris Short (Orlando, FL), and granddaughters, Emily Short (Pasadena, CA) and Kelsey (Nunapitchuk, AK).
A celebration of Helenís life will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Church at Horseshoe Bay.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Church at Horseshoe Bay.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Marble Falls.
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