Feb. 15, 1941-Nov. 6, 2020

Services for Helen Hall Starnes of Natchitoches will be Monday, Nov. 9. Visitation will be at noon with services starting at 1 p.m. The Rev. Scott Tilton will officiate, with words of remembrance spoken by family members. Burial will be at Central Cemetery in Robeline.

Helen was born Feb. 15, 1941, to Robert Lee and Allie Hubbard Hall in Robeline, the seventh of eight children. She was loved, adored and very spoiled by her older siblings. She left this world to join her loved ones in heaven Nov. 6, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her daughters.

Helen was married to Theron Starnes Sr. May 30, 1959, and they had four children. During 61 years of marriage, they together worked very hard and raised their children and built a home in Natchitoches. She taught her children the value of working hard, taking care of your family and being a good neighbor. She never met a baby she didn’t love, including her eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She loved having her family at her house for the holidays, cooking more than an army could eat. She prepped and planned for weeks ahead. Feeding people was her gift. She loved it and her joy was found in sitting and eating with her family. Rarely did we go to her house to help with maintenance that she didn’t insist on cooking lunch. Watching her make biscuits was inspirational. She made it look effortless, and they were the best you’d ever eat. Baking was her forte. You couldn’t out bake her. She kept an immaculate home. She worked tirelessly to keep it spotless. She truly made our house a home. She also loved working in her yard, creating, planting, pruning and loving her pretty yard was something to be envied. She spent more hours than we can count keeping her yard beautiful.

Raising four children couldn’t have been easy! She set standards for us and didn’t budge from them. Now, we know she was a maternal genius. She loved us so much that she didn’t compromise. It made us good, hard working and productive members in this world, never to sit back and wait on something to be done, but reaching out to make it happen ourselves. She was a phenom!

Those left to cherish her memory are her beloved children, Bridget Briley (Louis), Sonya Rollo (Jeffrey) and Missy James (Chad); grandchildren, Ashley Johnson (Jason), Luke Briley (Desirae), Vance Starnes (Katy), Brodie Starnes, Andy James and Landry James; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Camden Starnes, Nathan and Trace Starnes, Briley and Macklin Johnson, and Nolan, Nora and Allie Kate Briley; siblings, RC Hall, WD Hall and Carmel Goodrow; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved her dearly.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Allie C. Hall; her husband, Theron Starnes Sr.; son, Theron Starnes Jr.; grandsons, Wes Rollo and Caine Starnes; and siblings, Claudie Lee Bryant, Sadie Mae Bryant, Odell Berry and Douglas Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in their mother’s memory to her late grandson’s non-profit, the W.A.R. Foundation, 301 Plantation Point, Natchitoches, LA 71457, that takes critically ill children on hunting and fishing trips, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

We would also like to thank Hospice of Natchitoches who lovingly guided us through mama’s last days to keep her comfortable.