Mrs. Helen Moss was born in Smyrna, GA, May 8, 1933, to Eva Mae Wellington and Thomas Allen, who preceded her in death at an early age, leaving her and Florence, her sister, to be raised by Ed and Nora Wellington, her grandparents. She was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at age twelve, went to
school in Smyrna, and finished the eighth grade.
She married Rueben Moss in 1948 and had five lovely children. They were married for over forty years until his death in 1988. Helen was a housewife for years until one day her husband told her she needed to get a job; the children were getting older. So, she got a job working at an apartment complex in Smyrna, where she enjoyed riding on a scooter checking the rooms. Later on, she went to work for the Marietta Motel, where she retired after eight years in 1990.
Helen enjoyed cooking, baking cakes, and going on church trips to the George Washington Care Park lecture on Lake Allatoona, the first park for Black Americans, established in 1950. Helen went to the old city auditorium located in downtown Atlanta, now owned by Georgia State College, to hear gospel singers in concert, hosted by Edmond Patterson. Helen had spaghetti at her grandparents’ place on Tuesdays once a month, which she really enjoyed.
The memories of Mother Helen will be fully cherished by: her children, Virginia and Harry Stotes of College Park, GA, Peggy Johnson of Cleveland, OH, Robert and Evelyn Moss of Round Rock, TX, Rubye Freddy, and Rueben Moss, Jr., of Smyrna, GA; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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