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Helen Bigham – October 8, 2017

Helen Bigham, 88, of Amarillo, Texas died on October 8, 2017. Memorial services will be at 4:00P.M. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in the Paramount Baptist Church, with Lance Herrington officiating. Private burial will be at Llano Cemetery.
Helen was born at home on June 8, 1929 to John and Novell Keith in Caps, Texas. She was the oldest sibling to three sisters and one brother. She attended Butterfield School and graduated from Abilene High School. Upon graduation in 1946, she married Harold Dean Bigham when he returned from serving in the US Navy during the war. They were married for 67 years before he passed in 2014. It was a marriage blessed by heaven and an example for her family. Together they raised three children. John was born in 1947 in Abilene, Jerry in 1950 and Kayla in 1952, both in Breckenridge, Texas. The family moved to Sherman and then, in 1957, to Amarillo.
Helen and her family were charter members of Paramount Baptist Church. While raising three children, she worked 21 years at the American Quarter Horse Association. Helen was a talented artist and specialized in watercolors. She was an expert at bridge and taught many how to play the game. She was a beloved wife, mother, and Granny. She was truly one of a kind. Helen loved to dance even taking tap lessons after retirement.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Johnnie Hoskins, her son John, and her husband Dean. She is survived by her sisters, Winnie Antilley of Pflugerville and Betty Susan Raughton of Abilene, as well as her brother, Hollis Keith of Littleton, Colorado. She will be greatly missed by her children, Jerry Bigham and wife Marsha, Kayla Bigham Ebenkamp and husband Mickey, all of Canyon. Her grandchildren, John Todd Bigham, Matt Bigham, Hayden Bigham McKinney, Will Bigham, Paul Ebenkamp, and Alli Ebenkamp will never forget their sweet Granny. She is also survived by 8 great grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be made to the West Texas Alzheimer’s Association or Hope fund to benefit employees of Ware Memorial Care Center. We want to thank Sky West of Canyon, the Ware Living Center, and Baptist Community Services for the loving care they provided our mother.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday, October 9.


  • Dixie Mosley Posted October 9, 2017 10:16 am

    Helen and family was a good neighbor on Nebraska Street she was a wonderful person. and will m=be missed by all who knew her.

  • Dixie Mosley Posted October 9, 2017 10:17 am

    Helen and family was a good neighbor on Nebraska Street she was a wonderful person. and will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Lynn Brown Posted October 9, 2017 10:50 am

    You, Jerry and your families are in our prayers.

  • Janice Bigham D’Amore Posted October 9, 2017 1:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss. For all our loss. Loved Dean and loved Helen. She was such an interesting person. Always enjoyed talking to her. We will miss her.

  • Betty Tow Posted October 9, 2017 10:43 pm

    She was a beautiful. We loved to play bridge and dominoes with Dean and her. Such good friends. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Allen & Jill Ebenkamp Posted October 10, 2017 10:24 am

    May peace & love be with you all. Remember all the good times and know we are praying for you all and know she’s always with you. We love you all .

  • Charlie Keith Posted October 11, 2017 1:47 pm

    Charlie says the thing he remembers most about his aunt Helen was her laugh. And that when the sister got around the table and telling stories it was always a side splitter.

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