Mary Helen Baxter

Mary Helen Walton Baxter died Nov. 2, 2017.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at First Baptist Church of Floydada. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada. Interment will be in the Floydada Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Floydada.

Mrs. Baxter was born on Dec. 20, 1935, in Brownwood to Herman and Sammie D. Walton. 

She was a lifelong member of the Baptist church, having been baptized in the Carlton Baptist Church. She and husband Kerwin were members of First Baptist Church in Richardson. 

She attended schools across Texas in Rochelle, Vanderbilt, Blue Ridge and Carlton and graduated high school in 1953 in Guthrie. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard Payne College in 1956 and a Masters of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1981. 

It was while she was at Howard Payne that she met a wonderful young football player who was attending the University of Corpus Christi. They married on Aug. 3, 1956, and thus began a lifelong, loving partnership enhanced by the birth of two sons, Joe Roy Baxter in 1957 and Johnny Walton Baxter in 1960.

As the years passed by, Mary Helen and Kerwin were involved in the athletic endeavors of Joe and Johnny who were ultimately college athletes. They logged many miles across several states to attend almost every athletic event that the boys were involved in.

Beginning in 1956 in Santa Anna, she started a teaching career that covered a span of 41 years. She began teaching business/commercial classes, but eventually became a math teacher and concluded her career teaching seventh grade math in Plano at Schimelpfenig Middle School.

Her excellence in teaching and commitment to her students and coworkers earned her the Teacher of the Year Award for the Plano Independent School District in the 1990s. She had a gift of making learning fun while retaining high expectations for student learning. She retired in May 1997.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Kerwin Baxter Jan. 16, 2002; her parents, Herman and Sammie Walton, and stepmother Alma Walton; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cecil and Rena Baxter. 

Survivors include her sons, Joe Roy Baxter of  Phoenix, Arizona, and Johnny Walton Baxter and wife Gayla of New Braunfels; four grandchildren, Jared Baxter and wife Karina of Lubbock, Travis Baxter and wife Brittany of New Braunfels, Samantha and Matt Wehmeyer of Canyon Lake and Gabriella Baxter of Phoenix; six great-grandchildren, Jacycie, Alana, Kimberlyn, Brynna, Everly and Lily Baxter of Lubbock; brother Butch Walton and wife Sherry of Stephenville and sister Jane Keahey of Waco; brother-in-law Waldo Baxter and wife Carolyn of Hereford; and some very special nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

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