Helen Carlie Classen
Helen Carlie Classen
July 23, 1929 - August 9, 2019
Helen Carlie Homeyer Classen, 90, formerly of Talequah, Oklahoma, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on August 31, 2019, at the Go Ye Village in Talequah, Oklahoma. A private graveside service for the family will precede the memorial service. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home in Wichita Falls and Green Country Funeral Home in Tahlequah.
A daughter of the late Flora Carlie (Solberger) and Lucky Carl Thomson, Helen was born July 23, 1929, in Houston, Texas.
She grew up in Houston, TX and attended school at the University of Texas in Austin where she met and married Bob Homeyer in 1949. They lived in Austin until 1959 when they moved to Abilene, TX. This is the time period when she and Bob became believers in Christ, and their lives radically changed! They became missionaries with Central American Missions in Puebla, Mexico and in Honduras for close to 20 years. They taught missionary children in English speaking schools. Helen and Bob moved to Tahlequah, OK in 1989 to teach High School students at Markoma Christian School. Their love for the Lord and for children permeated their work, and they were both loved by students and teachers alike.
After Bob passed away in 2000, Helen moved to Go Ye Village Retirement Home in Tahlequah. Two years later, she met and married Albert Classen, and God gave them 12 wonderful years together. They helped to start a new Bible church in Tahlequah where Al was a pastor for a while. Helen loved teaching Sunday School, and she taught in Good News Clubs most of her life.
Helen was a gifted interior decorator, and it was her hobby and joy to decorate many apartments of the residents of the Go Ye Village, as well as many guest rooms and lounge areas there. She was a gifted Bible teacher of adults and children alike. She was especially talented with her puppet, JoJo, a monkey that she used to get children’s attention as she transitioned into teaching them God’s Word. She was a talented seamstress; she made almost all of her children’s clothes as well as her own. Then she began a season of painting with oils. It turns out that she was gifted in the arts as she painted many a pastoral scene, and nature scenes (especially painting a variety of birds and flowers.)
Her greatest love was her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. As a young mother, Helen was involved with PTA, mothers’ clubs, and was a room mother for each of her children during their elementary years. She was the “fun” mom! She and Bob took the kids to the lake almost every weekend in the summer time. She baked cakes, prepared meals, and loved picnics anywhere she could enjoy the great outdoors!! She and Bob took the kids camping almost every summer. At Christmas time, when the kids were older, they took the kids to Cloudcroft, NM and learned to snow ski! When she was older, she and Bob bought a travel trailer and enjoyed seeing the country together and with the grandkids.
Helen had the gift of hospitality, and would have guests over for Sunday dinners all the time! She loved having parties for her friends, and enjoyed getting games together, and preparing S’mores to fix over the fire. She loved people and loved her friends well.
Helen loved playing tennis as a young adult, and as she grew older, she loved watching tennis on TV! She had her favorite players, and would pull for them to win as she sat whooping and hollering in her bedroom! She never missed a Dallas Cowboys game, either! She loved sports, and she loved for anyone to sit and watch with her!!
She was a faithful prayer warrior. She prayed daily for her kids and grandkids, and great grandkids, as well as many missionaries around the world. She loved to listen to her pastors on the radio after she was not well enough to attend church. She never tired of sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Christ.
Along with her parents, Helen was also preceded in death by her first husband of 50 years, Bob Homeyer, and her second husband of 12 years, Albert Classen, her two sisters, Ruth McLane and Louise Escue.
She is survived by her children Becca Coe and husband Reggie of Wichita Falls, TX; Bill Homeyer and wife Zoe Ann of Azle, TX; Rick Homeyer and wife Regan of Albuquerque, NM; Ron Classen and wife Claudia of Spring Hill, TN, Doug Classen and wife Ann of Wheaton, IL, and David Classen and wife Kathy of Brighton, MI; nine grandchildren, Amy Sanford and husband Chad, Courtney Vorel and husband Jason, Mindy McCormick and husband Brian, Alycia Oterdoom and husband Reinder, Michael Homeyer and wife Erin, Stacie Stine and husband Brett, Matthew Homeyer, Nicholas Homeyer and wife Holly, and Jessica Rose Homeyer; ten great grandchildren, Kaylee Vivian and husband Drew, Colby Sanford, Luke Sanford, Josh Vorel, Lillie Vorel, Graham Vorel, Kaleb Alexander, Conner McCormick, Jackson McCormick, and Adelle McCormick, and many nieces and nephews.
The family is deeply appreciative of the care she was given by Hospice of Wichita Falls and the House of Hope.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Wichita Falls, or the Building Fund at Grace Church, or the charity of your choice.