Helen “Grandma” Gabriel
Helen “Grandma” Gabriel, age 81 of Rockdale, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at her home near Rockdale. Mass was held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockdale, with Father Ramon Frayna and Deacon Gus Coelho officiating.
Helen was born November 6, 1935 in Dallas, Texas to Alvin C. and Irene J. (Thompson) Burkett. She was raised in Houston, lived in Hockley, Hempstead, and in Rockdale since 1974. On April 26, 1951, she and Lawrence Albert Gabriel, Sr. were married in the Assumption Catholic Church in Houston. She was a homemaker, rancher and the past seven years worked at Lee’s Landing in Rockdale. Grandma raised her family and other children in her home. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockdale.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence on October 19, 1996; her parents; brother, Alvin Clay Burkett, Jr.; sisters, Mary Lou Fawcett, Betty Cook and Doris Ann Vaught.
Surviving are two sons, Lawrence A. Gabriel, Jr. and wife Diana of Cameron, Daniel N. Gabriel, Sr. and wife Toni of Lexington; four daughters, Debbie M. Silvey and husband Henry of Gause, Cathy G. Kubacak and husband Michael of Lexington, Peggy S. Sims and Larry Myers of Jennings, Louisiana, Patsy R. Gabriel and fiancée Richard Jones of Rockdale; two sisters, Alice Fay Rollins and husband Tommy of Pasadena, Patsy Malone and husband Bobby of Navasota; 15 grandchildren and 25 greatgrandchildren.