Helen Merle Todd Wild

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Helen Merle Todd Wild passed away peacefully at her home in Welsh on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the age of 85.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church of Welsh, with Reverend Chandler Willis officiating.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Hixson Funeral Home of Welsh. Visitation resumed Monday at 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery in Welsh.

She was born on June 18, 1932 to Milton Todd, Sr. and Alice Hood Todd in Baytown, Texas. A 1950 graduate of Sulphur High, Helen was awarded the opportunity to write and publish the school’s Alma Mater which is still in use today. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in May of 1954 in Elementary Education. She married Edward Hight Wild of Crowley at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Maplewood on Dec. 27, 1953.

After moving to Welsh in 1960, the couple immersed themselves into the community and various ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Welsh. As a Christian educator and church elder, Helen, helped to establish programs such as “Pass it on” for Junior High kids, Vacation Bible School and the Protestant worship service at Golden Age Nursing Home. She also served the Presbyterian Church on a state and national level as a delegate of the General Assembly. Helen held a special place in her heart for children, especially those with special needs. She devoted her time and energy to the School of Exceptional Children’s religious program for many years hoping to share the Gospel with all young hearts. She was also very active in the Cowbells of the Cattleman’s Association where she served as President.

She avidly supported her own children through their activities including Cub Scouts, Welsh Band Boosters, little dribblers, FFA, 4-H and always provided a welcoming home to their friends.

Those left behind to cherish her memories are her husband of 64 years, Edward Wild; son, Steve Wild and wife, Gretchen of Fairview, Texas; daughter, Sharon Wild, DVM, of The Colony, Texas; son, Brian Wild of Welsh; son, Bill Wild and wife, Karen of Welsh; son, Tim Wild and wife, Melanie of Welsh; grandchildren, Kristen, Stephanie Erin, Ethan, Gretchen, Grant, Jillian, Hannah, Kate, Griffin, Luke, Rachel, Lincoln, Gabe, Waylon and Stuart; greatgrandchildren, Madelyn, Coleman, Meghan, Claire, Zella, Ezrah, Hight, and soon to be, Farris; brother, John Todd and wife, Nancy of Thibodaux; her sister-in-law, Simone Todd of Carlyss; and sister-in-law Barbara German of Houston, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Everett Wild, parents, Milton Todd, Sr. and Alice Hood Todd, and brother, Milton Todd, Jr.

The family would like to say a special thanks to Emily Gay, Dr. Young Kang, Norma Kelly and her daughter Tisha, Deidra Williams and the staff of Lamm Family Care for the kindness and love they showed to our Helen.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.