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In Loving Memory

Helen Catherine Smerke McCarra

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/

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3 thoughts on “Helen Catherine Smerke McCarra”

  1. Rick & Linda Hall

    Please know that we love and are thinking of the whole McCarra family in this time of loss. Gran meant the world to us.

  2. Harry Young SWA retired employee and Friend

    Cathy (my dear friend Helen) & Dr. John and the entire family of all the McCarra children, to each of you my sincerest and dearest condolences in the passing of your beautiful and wonderful Mother. Truly GOD used her vesselship to bring forth a great family upon Mother Earth. I have been honored through the passing years to have known your Mother and experienced the impression she left upon each of you. You each gave GOD HONOR throughout her years, for HIS commandment granted each of you the same in which she received…A long life. GOD GAVE HIS PROMISE to all who observed HIS 5th Commandment : HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER, THAT THY DAYS MAY BE LONG IN THE LAND WHICH THY GOD HATH GIVEN THEE. amen

    Long indeed…a great age Helen did receive from her GOD and think of all your memories and moments that each of you shared with her throughout the years of her living in the McCarra Family. Truly, they must be grandiose for her as well…to have lived in the abundance of such Love from her children, their spouses, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, and her Friends. There shall come a time when each of you will once again walk with her in The Kingdom beyond the Great Vail. Prayer: GOD KEEP YOU AND WATCH OVER YOU AS TIME COVERS YOUR SADNESS AND GOD RETURNS EACH OF YOU TO THE FOND MEMORIES OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER. amen

    Harry Young SWA retired

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