Mary Helen Gau

Mary Helen Gau

October 9, 1923 - March 20, 2010

Mary Helen Gau

October 9, 1923 - March 20, 2010


Mrs. Mary Helen Gau, age 86, died Saturday morning at the residence of her daughter in Columbia, TN. Mrs. Gau was the daughter of the late I.C. and Flora Mae Robertson. She was a native of Dallas, TX, graduate of Sunset High School, and member of the Lutheran Church. She spent many years in the insurance industry as well as 35 happy years as a successful Avon Representative in the Garland TX area. Most of her retirement years were spent in Kilgore, TX. She relocated to TN in 1994, following the death of her husband, Alvin John Gau in 1993, to be nearer her daughter and family. Mrs. Gau enjoyed her time together with family and made many trips back to Texas to visit those she left behind. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law: Betty and Bobby McBride, and son-in-law: Irving Bopp. “Gammy” was a special lady who will be missed by many, but we know the Good Lord took away her pain and suffering as she entered her new life of peace on her continued journey. Survivors include two daughters: Marcia Bopp of Columbia and Elaine Tom Lockhart of Harlingen, TX; two step-daughters: Darlene Don Branum of Longview, TX and Anne Gene Stanley of Dallas, TX; a brother: Walter Janice Robertson of Malakoff, TX; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, April 17 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Eubanks Funeral Home in Canton, TX. Interment will follow at Haven of Memories. The family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice Compassus, 1412 Trotwood Ave, Suite 5, Columbia, TN 38401.

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5 responses to Mary Helen Gau

  1. Mary Helen was always so nice to me when I was a child. I used to watch her put on makeup, she was so pretty. The thing I remember most of all was her voice and how she said, “darlin”, in her special way. I didn’t spend as much time with her as did Joy and Loretta, but she always made me feel wanted. One thing I will never forget is when I was about to get married at 16, she and Betty got me alone and tried to talk me out of it…..did I listen, noooo. I was so glad to visit she and Marcia in Tenn. and have my daughter meet her. They connected immediately, and Kelly insisted on taking turns giving her breathing treatments, it was precious.

  2. She was “Gammy” to many, but she was MY “Aunt Sis”. My favorite memories of Aunt Sis were when she would come visit with her Avon books when I was little. I couldn’t wait to look on the last few pages of the book where the kid stuff was. She would always convince mom that I really did need that new strawberry flavored lip balm and would tell me how pretty it would be on me : Rest in Peace, Aunt Sis.

  3. Mary Helen was such a classy lady. I learned so many things from her. The baby-sitting was wonderful because everytime I baby sat that meant I would get new shoes for school, and always Marcia and I would get to go to the show across the street. I watched the movie and Marcia was always up in the booth with the cashier. There are so many good memories, such as attending her wedding to Mark, and sleeping between she and Betty and havings sticky legs that is when I learned about shaving your legs yuk. Her sweetness was such a comfort. The way she always said “Hi Darlin” like you were the most important person in the world. I loved her so much and will miss her so much. And I know how much all of you will miss her. May God Bless all of you. Loretta

  4. Maurine Ross says:

    I worked with your mother at Great Nat’l for about 30 years. We had some great times. Maurine

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Gammy was such a sweet lady. Sincerely, Dean, Sissy Lindsey, Steve, Trevor, Amanda, Marty, Daddy Jack and Mama Moon.

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