Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at First United Methodist Church in Paradise, with burial in Paradise Cemetery. Pastor Patti Mahaffey will officiate. Pallbearers include Jimmy Isaacs, Bruce Withey, James Withey, and Grayson Rowan.
Helen was born on Nov. 15, 1932, to James and Agnes (Gordon) Howell in Wheeler County. She was married to James Withey, who preceded her in death in 2009.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Bobby Ray, Dayton, Buddy, Jackie, and A.J. Howell; and her sisters, Odessa, Jean, and Marie Howell.
She is survived by her sons, James (JR) Withey of Alex, Okla., Bobby Withey and wife Diane of California, and Bruce Withey of Paradise; her daughters, Ruthie Goldman and husband Gene of Alex, Okla., Doris Miears of Paradise, Patricia Dugan and husband Walter of Paradise; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her sister, Ruth Bivens of Jacksboro; other family members and a host of friends.