Foote memorial set for Saturday
Summit County, CO ColoradoLaura Helen Foote, 88, of Frisco passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at Kremmling Memorial Hospital in Kremmling.Laura was born on a beautiful warm September 12, 1918 morning, a black haired brown eyed girl in the Kelly community, Collingsworth County, Texas. Her parents were Winfield S. White Jr. and Ethel Mae (Kesler) White, who owned and operated a cotton farm. Her older sister and two brothers thought she was sweet and called her “Sweetie.”The name stuck and everyone called her “Sweetie” – even her doctor, dentist, and teachers. She did not have a formal name until she was three months old. Her father had business to attend to in county seat of Wellington, Texas which consisted of a ten-mile trip. Her mother suggested that while he was there he register the baby’s name and the two decided on the name of Laura Helen. This name was not used until she went away to college.Helen attended the two-room country school near the farm, rode a horse part of the way to high school in Dodson, Texas, and lived during the week in Wellington to finish high school in 1934. She received her bachelor’s degree in Vocation Home Economics from Texas Women’s University, Denton, Texas, in 1939. She was asked to teach at Dodson High School and did so for one and one-half years.On Feb. 2, 1941, she was married to Robert S. Foote in the little country church near her home, they were the only couple to be married in that church. After living in Montebello, Calif., for five years, the couple and their three-and-half-year-old daughter Patricia and Robert’s mother Mae moved to Frisco and opened the grocery store and four fully furnished log cabins at 510 Main St, which they named Foote’s Rest, and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Robert became postmaster in 1947. During this busy period, three more children were born – Robert H. Bobby, Earnest, and Cynthia. Helen was asked to open a home economics department at the Breckenridge High School, which she did in January 1958. She taught 22 years for the school district retiring in 1980. During her teaching career, she taught not only home economics to both girls and boys, but also taught Texas history, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade science, swimming, girl’s physical education and sponsored several classes, the Future Homemakers of America and Pep Clubs for many years. She taught all four of her children, one granddaughter and two sisters. Helen has served as a school board member of the Frisco School District No. 9, as town clerk for Frisco for $5 a month, served on the committee for the organization of Colorado Mountain College, is a lifetime member of the National Education Association, is a charter member of the Frisco Historical Society and has been the corresponding secretary from the beginning of the societies organization.Helen and her husband were both avid fishermen and were among the best fishing guides in the county. She enjoyed reading, cooking and sewing, and with her mother’s help traced and wrote a family history.Robert preceded her in death in September 1973, she was also preceded in death by her parents, a great granddaughter Katherine, and five brothers and sisters.Helen is survived by her significant other of 28 years, Laird Bell of Frisco and his children, Kerrel Bell of Washington, Dan Bell and wife Elizabeth of Colorado, and John Bell of Colorado; her daughter Patricia M. and her husband Neil Masters of Colorado, her son Robert H. Foote and wife Rebecca of California, her son Earnest S. Foote of Colorado, and her daughter Cynthia A. and her husband Daniel Eilts of Colorado; her grandchildren Amanda and her husband Randy Cross of Iowa, Holly and her husband Steve Brandon of Colorado, Elizabeth and her husband Dan Bell of California, Robert L. Foote of California, Nathaniel Kelly Foote and his wife Kerri of California, Morgan Foote of Colorado, William S. Bell of Oklahoma, Jeffery R Bell of Colorado, Michael A. Bell of Colorado, Shelbee L. Eilts of Colorado, Scott Bell of Colorado, Lacy Bell and Erik Bell of Washington, Baylee Bell of Colorado; her great grandchildren Zachary Ryan Cross, Joshua Gavin Cross, Madeline Cross, MacKenzie Bell, Hannah Grace Bell, Daniel J. Bell Jr., Jakob Joseph Bell, Jesse Thomas Bell, Elise Elizabeth Bell; her two sisters JoAnna Thomason and Peggy Holland both of Texas; her adopted family members Dan and Moni Sederstron, Shannon Culp and Tamee Culp.Memorial services in celebration of Helen’s life will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco, with Pastor Gary Stallings officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Frisco Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Helen Foote Memorial Scholarship Fund for Culinary Arts which has been established at Bank of the West, P.O. Box 648, Frisco, CO 80443.Services are under the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary, 204 Byers Ave, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO, 80451.
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