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Helen Haddon Shmoldas

Helen Shmoldas Cropped Helen Haddon Shmoldas (Age 104) died peacefully, surrounded by love and the tranquil blessing of a life well-lived, on April 2, 2021 in Pueblo, CO. As the beloved matriarch, inspiration, and strong foundation for her family, she is survived by her three children, Mary Edyth Shmoldas Gifford, John Dusan Shmoldas, and Sylvia Nell Shmoldas Clair; son-in-law Theodore Robin Clair; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her half-sister Beatrice Haddon Lissow.

Born in Livingston, Texas to Finney M. Haddon, Sr. and Ida Waters Johnson Haddon, Helen witnessed more than a century of change and turmoil, but remained steadfast and exceedingly humble in her focus on family, faith-filled service, and appreciation for the natural world. In fact, if she were to read these words, she would have us stop writing right now and not pay any more attention to her, thank you very much!

Forgive us, Helen, but we must continue to celebrate your example. To her family, she was a source of unconditional love, always ready for a quiet conversation or a rambunctious game of cards; always happy to share one of her extraordinary handcrafts or a witty aside from her often underestimated sense of humor. To her church, she was a devoted, modest servant of the Lord; a founding member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX with her husband, Julius Rudolph Shmoldas; and would immediately credit any blessings, whether material or a perfect cloud-dappled sky, to Him. And as a woman of nature, she could expertly ramble her cherished Texas Piney woods; make a garden burst into bloom at her later home in Beulah, Colorado; or create gorgeous cards with hand-pressed flowers.

And she was a gifted artist. In her 40’s, she took up painting lessons, going on to sell over 1200 oil paintings, primarily of the bluebonnet-filled landscapes of Texas. These beautiful, delicate paintings will live on as a testament to her talent, her devotion to a simple life, and her belief in getting up each and every day with purpose.

Helen is predeceased by her husband, Julius (d. 1970); her siblings Finney Haddon, Jr. and Edythe Alda Haddon McMahan; her daughter-in-law Lea Wattiez Shmoldas; and her son-in-law Edwin A. Gifford. Her funeral service will be held at Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel, Crockett, Texas, at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 10.  She will be laid to rest, forever by Julius’ side, at Center Hill Cemetery, Crockett.   Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care, Pueblo, CO. (www.socohospice.org). “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6.

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4 Comments
  1. Mrs. Shmoldas was my neighbor and fellow church member. She loved her quiet life in the East Texas Piney Woods, appreciating nature and painting her lovely bluebonnets. We missed Helen when she moved to live with her family. We treasure her memory and the pictures she painted and left behind for us to enjoy.

  2. Helen was an awesome artist. Thank God she left her artwork as a legacy, to be cherished for years. My thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

  3. God bless Helen Smoldas, a truly gifted servant of our Lord. I live in Massachusetts and came to know of Mrs. Smoldas and her magnificent artwork only within the past few years. She must have been a beautiful soul, with determination to carry on after her husband passed away. That determination and her God-given talent led to some of the most beautiful depictions of the Texas countryside that I have ever seen. She was blessed by the Lord, and in return she gave mankind the wonderful gift of her artwork. May she rest in peace.

  4. I send my condolences to Mrs. Shmoldas’ family, especially John and Mary. She lived a long and most productive life and you have many happy memories to share. I have many happy memories, as well, of times spent with the Shmoldas family. I send prayers for comfort and peace as you rejoice in the life you had with your mother.

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