Helen Elizabeth Byler Preston was called home by Jesus on June 11, 2018, her 91st birthday. At the time of her passing, she was a resident and under hospice care at the Ware Living Center in Amarillo.
Helen was born to Alice and John Byler in Claude, Texas on June 11, 1927. She was the baby of 8 children and the last living sibling. She was a 1945 graduate of Amarillo High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Austin Preston, Jr., in July of 1950.
Helen lived a very blessed life. Her family was always first and foremost in her life. She was fortunate to have travelled all over the globe with Slim and experienced some grand moments through her husband’s career. She often reminisced about their trip aboard the Queen Elizabeth II to London. She also talked about their flight on the Concorde to London for the tennis matches at Wimbledon. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Amarillo. She adored and cherished her pastor Dr. Winfred Moore and was strong in her faith.
Helen enjoyed bird hunting and spending time at the ranch picking plums to make plum jelly. She loved the springtime and the baby calves at the ranch. She was a fabulous Southern Style cook and always wore a dishtowel on her shoulder while she was in the kitchen. Her fried chicken and chocolate chip cookies were family favorites.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, T.A. Preston, Jr., aka “Amarillo Slim.” She is survived by three children, Thomas Austin Preston, III (Bunky) and his wife Jane of Amarillo; Rebecca Ruth Deane-Kollaer and her husband Jim of Houston; and Tod Alan Preston of Amarillo. She has seven grandchildren; Heather Barron and her husband Dusty of Katy, Texas, Hayley Preston- Thompson and her husband Clay of Amarillo, Austin, Hannah, Molly, Caroline, and Jack Preston all of Amarillo. She has 6 beautiful great-grandchildren, Grant, Liam, Avery, Ellie, Brecken, and Chamber.
The Preston family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Ware Living Center at Park Central for providing such loving care for Helen during her time there. Special thanks to LeAnn Matthews at Baptist Community Services.
The family will receive friends from 5-7pm on Thursday, June 14 at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home and suggests that flowers be sent there. Helen loved flowers. A private family burial will be held at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo on Friday, June 15. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Helen would remind you to, “Spend quality time with your family as often as possible, find forgiveness always, be ‘polished,’ and love the Lord.”