November 18, 1926 – January 22, 2021
Helen Catherine Smerke McCarra, 94, of Friendswood, Texas passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021. Helen was born in Fort Worth, Texas to Nell C. Hannifan of Pocatello, Idaho and Frank A. Smerke of Calumet, Michigan. She was the 4th child, having all older brothers; Francis, Fred, and John Smerke. Helen married Sidney Johnson McCarra, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, January 24, 1948 at St. Williams Church in Arlington, Texas. She leaves behind 7 children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Cathy and her husband Dr. John Lore, Carol and her husband John Cowan, Sidney and his wife Jackie McCarra, Cindy and her husband Richard Klasen, Candy and her husband Allen Johnson, Cliff and his wife Lisa McCarra and Cary and his wife Lynette McCarra; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Paul and Christene Schwarzbach and Elliot and Aidan, Christine and Chris Windsor and Emma and Josh, Tiffany and Blake Weldon and Tristan, Angela and Brandon Emory and Blake and Cash, Adam McCarra, Heather Klasen, Wayne Klasen, Cory and Miriam McCarra, Travis and Nikou McCarra and Kian and Zayn, Taylor McCarra, Carley McCarra, Jessica and Daniel Bradley and Emma, Uriah and Maci, Sarah and Josh Hoffman, Chanel and Josh Smith and Kyah, Jackson and Donna Porterfield and Jacklynn and Lewis and Jeulia, Kayla Porterfield, Trey and Mallory Porterfield and Noah, Beck, Abby, and Owen; and many other relatives and cherished friends.
Helen had lots of family and friends, she was a longstanding member of Mary Queen Catholic Church and a devoted mother and wife. Her hobbies included, birthing babies, dancing, cooking, sewing, gardening, playing cards and games, horse racing, and family barbeques. Spending time with family was her main joy in life.
A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, Texas. A private interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Helen's memory to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, 2900 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77006 or 713-874-6681 or https://catholiccharities.org/what-you-can-do/donate/donate-online-now-and-help-families-in-need/