Helen Viola Britton was born on February 12, 1926 in DeNoya, Oklahoma. She passed peacefully into the hands of her master at the age of 96 on November 16, 2022 in Edmond, Oklahoma, weakened by complications she suffered from a stroke. She enjoyed a healthy and adventurous life growing up in the oil fields around Pawhuska, Oklahoma. At 16 in 1942, she left home, rode the bus alone to New Mexico, and married her sweetheart, Thomas Warren Britton (Tom), who had enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. When he returned home after World War II, she welcomed him with her first son, Tom Jr.
They pursued the oil industry with Standard Oil & Gas and lived in several small towns in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico, where their second son, James Edward, was born. In 1951 they moved to Salem, Illinois, Tom came to Texaco and their third son, Ronald Lee, was born.
In 1954 they moved to Tulsa near their historic roots. Between 1960 and 1986 they moved to Oklahoma City, back to Tulsa, and finally settled in Edmond, Oklahoma, where Tom died in 2007. After that she lived alone.
A homemaker, she focused her life on being a partner with Tom and raising their sons, who always offered biscuits and gravy on the breakfast table. She was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star, a sister order of Freemasons, where she held several leadership positions. She also faithfully attended Crossings Church, where she matured in her faith. She was a warm and loving person who always had a treat in hand for her beloved dogs Gidget, Rusty and Rowdy.
She was succeeded in death by her husband Tom and their two younger sons James Edward Britton and Ronald Lee Britton.
She is survived by her eldest son Tom and Debbie Britton, granddaughters Natalie and Tom Rogers, Kimberly and Frank Hanrahan, Christa and Jackson Sullivan, Jessica Britton, Laura and Matthew Compton, and Kallee Britton. You are also survived by grandchildren Jason and Laura Britton and Travis Britton. She is also survived by nieces Debbie and Bill Parks, and Patty Ann and Wes Schneider.
As a lasting legacy, they also left 16 great-grandchildren whom they loved passionately.
Following her memorial service at Smith & Kernke in Edmond, Oklahoma Helen was buried in Memorial Cemetery in Tulsa alongside her partner Tom in an area where other members of the Britton family were also located.
Rest in peace dearest wife, mother, grandma, aunt and GGMA. You are now in the loving arms of Jesus enjoying eternity with those you loved who are celebrating your return home. See you soon.
Posted November 16, 2022
Published in The Oklahoman