Helen Strother Wale died in her sleep early on April 26, 2017, at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs, at the age of 92. Born June 4, 1924, on her family’s rural farm near Glenmora, LA, she graduated from Glenmora High School in 1942 where she played first base on the girls’ state championship softball team and won the good sportsmanship medal. She met James Leon (“Jimmy” or “Buddy”) Wale in 1940 and married him in Oberlin, LA, on Sept. 8, 1942, during WWII, prior to his being drafted into the Army Air Corps. After the war, they eventually moved to Denham Springs in 1950 and lived there most of their married life. She was primarily a homemaker but also worked as a salesclerk at D. H. Holmes department store for many years. They retired to Maurepas, LA, in 1987. After being widowed in 1997, she moved to Baton Rouge in 1999. She was preceded in death by her husband James Wale, infant son Wallace Marlin Wale, parents Ernest and Pinkie Strother, sister Edna Peck, and brother Curtis Strother. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Carmel and Paul E. Dysart, Mary and Eugene Clement, Helen and Eddie Wayne Turner, and Kathleen Brackin; 10 grandchildren: Julie Dysart Swindell, P. J. Dysart, Deana Clement Delage, Holly Clement Nelson, Jason Turner, Troy Turner, Sherry Turner Wilks, Ashley Brackin Ferguson, Kelli Brackin Barnett and Marshall Brackin; 18 great-grandchildren: Lise` Swindell, Abriana Swindell, Braxton Swindell, Eliana Dysart, Ordell Delage, Isabella Delage, Baylor Nelson, Cameron Nelson, Frances Nelson, Meredith Turner, Braedyn Turner, Ella Turner, Amelia Turner, Reilly Wilks, Ava Cosby, River Barnett, and Vaughn Barnett; sister Jimmie Ruth Dunn and her husband Clyde Lee Dunn; brother George Alton Strother and wife Laura; sister-in-law Jenny Wale; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was beloved by all who knew her and the epitome of a kind, generous, resilient, soft-spoken Southern lady and will be so missed.Funeral services were held April 28, 2017, at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs. Pallbearers were Jason Turner, Troy Turner, P.J Dysart, Marshall Brackin, Brian Swindell and Eric Nelson.

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