Helen Dennis

December 24, 2013 • Obituaries


On Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, our beautiful mother, Helen Dennis, went to dance with the angels. A memorial graveside service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at South Park Cemetery. Jeremy Dennis will officiate.

Born on Oct. 8, 1932, in Earth, Texas. Her parents brought her to Roswell around 1937, in a covered wagon. She shared many memories with her family about growing up, one that stands out is having measles under a tree in [auth] what is now Cahoon Park.

She married the love of her life, Bill Dennis, in 1960, and they raised six children together. Together, they ran Bill’s Upholstery Shop for over 25 years. Gardening and painting were two of her passions, but first was her family.

She is survived by her daughters: Terry Hix and her husband, Frank, of Lucerne, Calif., Sara Russell and her husband, Michael, of Las Cruces, Bobbie Gaona and husband, Pete, of Stinson, Texas; sons: Bill Dennis and his wife, Carol, of Roswell, and Hank Dennis and his wife, Teresa, of Tennessee; sisters: Evelyn Landry, of Roswell, Pat York, of Roswell, and Barbara Chenoweth, of Portales; brothers: Robert Mabry and his wife, Barbara, of Roswell, Wayne Mabry and wife, Margaret, of San Diego; grandchildren: Tammy and Franklin, Kelly, Steven, Phillip, Renae, Allison, Desiree, Leslie, Leann, Sherry, Jeremey, Michael, Teresa, Melissa; great-grandchildren: William, Jake, Tony, Josh, Courtney, Alisha, Elena, Alicia, Brandon and Aiden; great-great-grandchildren: Noah, Isaac, Elijah, Chanel, Alonzo and one to be born very soon; numerous nieces and nephews, including her niece and namesake, Helen Ruth Landry; also Ginger, her little dog.

She has been preceded in death by her parents: Wendell and Ruby Mabry; husband, Bill; son, Curtis Wayne Dennis; granddaughter: Shannon Marie Dennis; and nephew: Christopher York.

Condolences may be made online at

Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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