Mrs. Helen Marie Woodward

  • Born: July 26, 1951
  • Died: February 27, 2012
  • Location: Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights Lane
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Tel. (501) 624-1244

Tribute & Message From The Family

Helen Marie Woodward of Hot Springs, Arkansas, formerly of East Peoria, Illinois was born July 26, 1951 and went to be with her Lord and Saviour who sustained her through her journey of life and her battle with cancer on February 27, 2012. She looked forward to being re-united with her father, Elmer Evatt Sr, brother Elmer Evatt Jr, her son Kelly Woodward and mother Eva Evatt.

She is survived by her sweet heart of 44 years, Dennis Woodward; two brothers Carl and Loren Evatt; son Kevin Woodward wife April Woodward; daughters-in-law Angie Woodward, Ronda Woodward, Kama Sales; granddaughters Kaley Smith husband T.J. Smith, Krista Woodward, Kaylynn Mattson; grandsons Caleb Woodward, Brandon Sales; great-grandchildren T. L. Smith, Adriana Grace Smith, Emma Jones; nieces Melissa Evatt, Rachel Rodgers; nephew Jason Petri; one set of life-long friends Jerry Moore and Elaine Moore.

Helen was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church for many years where she taught pre-school. She later joined Lake Hamilton Church of the Nazarene. She loved working with children and was her happiest when she was with her family. She considered children our greatest investment in our future.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Gross Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Horace Gray and Pastor Rick Funderburk officiating.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Helen was my best friend throughout high school and even after we graduated. It was a shame that we moved and went on separate paths, and eventually lost touch with each other. She is a special lady, and I know she will be missed by all. You never know how little time you have to get back in touch with your loved ones. I will truly miss her wonderful smile, and beautiful spirit. Take care Dennis! Try to remember the good times you had with Helen. I know there are plenty of those to look back on and cherish. Your friend always, Linda Belcher Allen

Posted by Linda Belcher Allen - Kissimmee, FL - Best childhood friends   August 26, 2012

Helen, Mamoo,

It was so hard to say good bye until we meet again in Heaven ! Thanks you for always beeing so true It gets harder and harder every day now that God said no more time to stay Mom (Bonnie) joined yall in Heaven Huges and kisses wishing the both of you a Happy Mothers day !!!!!!Love angie

Posted by angie woodward - AR - Daughter in law   May 11, 2012


Dennis & family our thoughts and prayers are with you now, and in the days to come. We are comforted with the knowledge of knowing that she is rejoicing in Our Fathers House. We look forward to the day we will join her there.She was a good and faithful servant, we are all truly blessed to have had her in our lives, she will be an inspiration to us as we journey through this life on earth. May God continue to bless you and family in the years to follow. Bill & Ruth & family

Posted by Bill & Ruth Mathis - Brimfield, IL - First cousin - Father's side   March 03, 2012

Helen was a dear and precious friends. Even though we lived miles apart in these past few years, we continued to stay in touch and cared about each other's family.
She was one of my a few closest lifetime friends who blessed and influenced my walk of faith greatly with her Godly love and grace. She always sought to see the best in everyone and always sought God's will. Even near the end she always assured everyone. Her family was the center of her joy and life. She will be sorely missed by all of us. Gone way to soon but making Heaven a more beautiful and sweeter place.

Posted by Bev Hawthorn - Sparkman, AR - friend   March 03, 2012

If Angels exist here on earth I believe Helen was one - You will be missed by all that knew you !

Posted by Teresa (Goslee) Wernette - Hot Springs, AR - Friend   March 03, 2012

Helen was a very special, most complimentary lady and will be greatly missed by everyone fortunate to have known her.

Posted by Bill Harrod (Mr. Bill) - Jacksonville, AR - Close Family Friend   March 02, 2012

What a special woman and a blessing to of had the privilage to know. She helped lead others to christ and loved people for who they were. I know her family and friends will expirence the loss and heaven gain. It is comforting to think once again everyone will meet in Helens now forever home. Heaven...God Bless

Posted by Stephanie Tucker Martinez - Hot Springs, AR - Friend   March 02, 2012

I will always remember the great times we had together. I wish you didn't have to leave so soon, but I know you are with God now. Love Michael

Posted by Michael Nathan Gaines Jr. - Cheyenne, WY - Great Nephew   March 02, 2012

Helen, you were a wonderful, sweet lady and you will be missed by all of us...but I know you are with Jesus now, where we all want to be some day. Say hello to Randy for me: ) My thoughts and prayers are with you Dennis.

Posted by Bonnie Tobin - Hot Springs, AR - Friend   March 01, 2012


Helen was a wonderful Christain Lady and a great friend to me, I miss her.

Jean Lee

Posted by Bob and Jean Lee - Hot Springs, AR - Friends when at lake side   March 01, 2012


Words cannot express our deepest sympathy for the loss of this beautiful lady, one of our own. We know she was welcomed thru those pearly gates by all of our relatives who have preceded her. I look forward to the day I will see her again in our Father's house.The tears we shed at our loss of having her here on earth are also tears of joy knowing that she is with our Lord in heaven. May you feel God,s presence through the days to follow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family and friends. Love always, Aunt Mayo,your cousins in Illinois, and the rest of our extended family

Posted by Mayo Bennie Evatt - Edwards, IL - Aunt-Father's side   February 29, 2012


It's been years since we have seen you. I have great memories of you. I remember 19 years ago when you did my baby shower for memory and we had to change the date because I was in the hospital giving birth. We all thought it was so neat that memory got to be at her own baby shower.
You will be greatly missed.
Love you.
Jennifer & Memory.

Posted by jennifer cox & memory williams - hot springs village, AR - friend   February 29, 2012

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Vega Griffeth - Malvern, AR   February 28, 2012


Helen (Mamoo) was such a blessing to me. She could always put a smile on your face. I haven't known her for very long just a couple of years, but the few I have had with her really made a impact on my life. She was a wonderful grandmother - in - law to my son and a wonderful grandmother to my daughter - in -the law and my grandbabies. She will be greatly missed by me. My love and prayers are with the family.

Posted by melinda smith - eldorado, AR - friend   February 28, 2012

My deepest symphathies to Helen's family.
She was a kind, generous person and was loved by all that knew her.

Posted by Lori Graves - Hot Springs, AR - Friend   February 28, 2012

I was just thinking about this lovely lady the other day. I was 9 years old and attended Spring Lake Church Camp(1989). Mrs. Helen was one of the adults there and I will NEVER forget her. She blessed my heart then with her kindness and love. She will be dearly missed!!!

Posted by Joy Pickering - Jessieville, AR - None   February 28, 2012

Heaven has received another angel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Roberta Joseph - Hot Springs, AR - co-worker at hssd child nut.   February 28, 2012

I was blessed to know and work with Helen for several years. I say "blessed" because to know Helen truly was a blessing. She was the most positive and encouraging woman I believe I have ever met. Her outlook and example will always be etched in my mind. My prayers go out to the family.

Posted by Kim Hughes - Hot Springs, AR - co-worker, friend   February 28, 2012

Helen was one of the nicest people I have ever known. She will be greatly missed.
Dennis, we are thinking of you and pray that your heart will be comforted at this time of loss.
Mary & Hughie Lambert

Posted by Mary Lambert - Hot Springs, AR - Church friend   February 28, 2012

Mrs. Helen was indeed a wonderful, special woman of God. She awoke dancing with Jesus this morning! My condolences for her family at this time of their loss.

Posted by Janet Ashcraft - Malvern, AR - friend from Lakeside   February 28, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Helen
was truly a fine Christian lady and
will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers
are with the family.

Posted by Bob & Shirley Moore - Columbus, MS - friend   February 28, 2012

Dennis and family My prayers are with yall. Helen will be missed greatly Love, vickie and family

Posted by vickie fugitt - Greenville, TX - cousin   February 28, 2012