Helen was born to William Amaziah Varner and Rosie Anna Honeycutt Varner in Marble Valley, Alabama, on September 2,1929. She was the baby in a family of 10 children: three boys and seven girls. She grew up on a farm in Hollins, Alabama, where she lived for 26 years and began work as a nurse for the hospital in Sylacauga, Alabama.
Helen married Floyd M. Osbourn on May 26, 1955, in Meridian, Mississippi. They moved to Monahans, Texas, immediately after being married. She lived in Monahans until the family moved to Artesia, in 1957, where for two years, Helen managed the home while Floyd worked in the oil fields.
In 1959, Helen and Floyd traded their car to lease the building D.L. Batie’s Grocery was in and opened the F & H Grocery on North First Street in Artesia. Helen would ride a bike to the store, then open and operate it in the mornings while Floyd worked the morning shift in the oil fields.
After three years, they sold the grocery store and started Osbourn Drilling and Pump Company, where Helen was a co-owner, book-keeper and office manager for 39 years. Helen, at the same time, obtained her beautician license and cosmetology instructor’s license. She owned and operated four beauty salons in Artesia. Helen’s passion was obtaining and selling property with a strong talent in developing subdivisions. She was the co-owner in acquisition and development of multiple oil leases.
She was talented in and enjoyed both music and art. She loved playing the harmonica and the piano and relaxed by painting still art.
At the age of 23, Helen gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized in a creek southeast of Sylacauga with the church choir singing, “Shall We Gather at the River” on the banks of the creek during the ceremony. She loved the Lord with all her heart, mind and soul. She opened her home to many people in an open display of Christian compassion for all she met.
She is the mother of four children: Gale, Laddie, Kenneth and Tajuana. She is preceded in death by her parents; nine siblings; and her son, Kenneth. She is survived by her husband, Floyd, three children, 12 grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 21, at Terpening Funeral Home in Artesia, at 2 p.m., with burial that followed at Woodbine Cemetery. Funeral pallbearers were Adam Worley, Scott McIntosh, Christopher Liveoak, Gary Waddle, Christian Bannister, and Todd Bannister.