Helen Cartwright, 88, of Columbia passed away at home Monday, January 13, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. Her smile, grace, and positive outlook will be missed by all who knew her.
Services will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Chapel, Saturday, January 18 at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. Saturday until the service begins.
Born to Mildred and William Beeman on August 9, 1925 in Memphis, TN, she graduated high school as valedictorian. She met and married Robert Cartwright who was attending medical school at the University of TN. In the 1960s, she began taking college courses while raising four children. The family moved to Columbia in 1965. She began her career at the Veterans Administration Hospital when it opened in 1973 while continuing her education, culminating in earning her Ph.D. in 1993. Her emphasis on education and encouragement played an important role in each of her children achieving doctoral degrees. She worked at the hospital until her retirement in 2005. She served as president of the Fairview Elementary PTA (1967-68), and the Columbia Council PTA (1968-70). She also volunteered with her daughters’ local Girl Scout troops.
Helen is survived by her four children, Robert (Corky) Cartwright, Jr. (Mary) of Houston, TX, Candy Cartwright Young (Larry), Debi Cartwright (Dorosh) of Columbia, MO, and Kimberly Cartwright (Charles Littrell) of Wombarra, New South Wales, Australia; nine grandchildren, Chase, Sean and Lance Cartwright (Houston, TX), Zachary (Indianapolis, IN) and Sydney (Columbia, MO) Young, Devin Dorosh (St. Louis, MO), and Eden, Helen, and Katherine Littrell (Wombarra, New South Wales, Australia); two sisters Katherine (Kitty) Harmon, and Mildred (Millie) Wilson (Norman); and her devoted and treasured friend and dance partner of over 30 years, Lou Witte. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 30 years, Robert, and her son-in-law, Douglas Dorosh.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Adult Day Connection, 157 Clark Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, 65211; Dance Kaleidoscope, 4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 22, Indianapolis, IN, 46208; or Missouri Contemporary Ballet, 110 Orr Street, #102, Columbia, MO 65201.
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