Helen M. Rance

The sun rose Feb. 6, 1932, in Bastrop, when a baby girl was born to George Green and Mary Kellough Green. They named her Helen M. Green. She was the third child.

On Friday, Oct. 30, God told Helen it was time to come home. She immediately obeyed with a smile on her face and surrendered to HIS will. Helen was surrounded by her family and friends at Seton Hospital in Harker Heights in Killeen.

Mr. and Mrs. Green later moved to Taylor where Helen grew up as a child. She attended an all-black public school, Blackshear O.L. Price. Helen graduated from Blackshear O.L. Price High School and after graduation she attended college.

Helen worked at Taylor Care and Sweetbriar Nursing home for over 30 years.

Helen met Billy Johnson in Taylor where she later united in holy matrimony with him. To this union, two children were born, Linda and Rodney Johnson. They enjoyed life itself.

Helen was a vibrant, giving, talkative person who never met a stranger. She always met you with a smile on her face.

Later in life, she met and married Willie Ed. Rance. He was a retired military man. They were married 28 years before his passing.

After years of living in Taylor, she had to move in with her granddaughter (Kenyatta Johnson) in Killeen who was her caregiver. Just by looking at her you would never know how she really felt because she was always smiling.

Helen leaves us to cherish her memories.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, both of her husbands, daughter, Linda Johnson; son, Rodney Johnson; one granddaughter, Katara D. Johnson; sister, Etta Mae Francis; brothers, Clearance Green, Chris Green and Charles E. Francis; nephew, Kenneth Francis; and aunts, Ada Jordan and Versie Calhoun.

Helen is survived by her grandchildren, Sharman Johnson, of Columbus, Indiana, Akai Johnson, all of Taylor, Rodney Stevenson of Dallas, Michael Evans of Arlington, Kenneth McFarlin of Georgetown, Shumeka D. Johnson of Austin, and Kenyatta Johnson of Killeen; great grandchildren, Brittany Foley, Tre Daytrin Johnson, Brandon Foley, ZyNiria Ross, Teniya Griffin, Nykira Johnson, Kevion Johnson, Ka`Tarrin Johnson and Katorian Stevenson; great great grandchildren, King Correa, Hrish Foley, Ishad Foley, Bryson Foley and Taamir Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends whom she will deeply be missed by.

Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos Parker Blvd. NW in Taylor.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at Zion Chapel Church, 612 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. in Taylor.

Burial will follow at Taylor City Cemetery.