Helen Cary Schwab

Friday, November 8, 2019
Helen Cary Schwab

Helen Louise Cary Schwab of Lafayette passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. She was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Deweyville, Texas, to Clinton Bryant Cary (son of S.L. Cary and Armonce Brillault Cary of Jennings) and Mabel Christine Landru Cary (daughter of Newton Landru and Agnes Fergus Landru of Evangeline).

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503.

She married Carl Milton Schwab of Sour Lake, Texas, on Aug. 8, 1948, in Jennings at the First Presbyterian Church. Helen is a 1942 graduate and cheerleader of Jennings High School and 1946 graduate and “Red Jacket” of South Louisiana Institute SLI (now UL). She taught public school music for 20 years in Jennings and Pasadena, Texas, and at Judice High School, Middle School, Lafayette Parish, until 1986. During this time, she taught piano after school and directed choirs at Faith Presbyterian in Pasadena, Texas, and Grace Presbyterian, in Lafayette until 1995, while still singing in the choir until 2010. After public school retirement she worked at Lafayette Music Store until 1990. A widow for 49 years, her favorite pastimes were playing bridge, traveling with friends and family, and playing piano to accompany singers, performers and family.

Helen is survived by sons Carl Milton Schwab Jr. and wife Dorothy Claire Morgan Schwab, Bill Alan Schwab and wife Ellen Pearce Schwab, and Thomas Clinton Schwab; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband Carl; brother Howard Newton Cary and wife Elaine; oldest grandson Ian Thomas Schwab; and nephew Daniel Bryant Cary.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.