Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 17, 2014

104-year-old Henderson County woman passes

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — Helen Eveleen DeAngelis Carbone was a woman who experienced a lot in life. It was on April 15 that she passed from this life peacefully at the age of 104.

Carbone has been described as an interesting person with a lot of memories to share with everyone she met.

She had a love of painting and took art classes every summer from Edgar Whitney in Maine in the 1950s. She leaves behind many water colors.

She was retired from Macy's (formerly Braumbergers) after 35 years in the children's department.

Carbone was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on July 30, 1909. 

She lived alone until the age of 102. Then, after she was unable to walk, she went to a nursing home for several months.

Because of her decline, her “adopted daughter,” Nancy Andrée, brought her to live with her in her home, where she continued to take care of her from June 11, 2012 until her passing.

She miraculously survived pneumonia in 2013. Her doctor attributed it to her strong determination.

Her greatest love was her cats: 11-year-old Cindy and 1-year-old Prissy. She called them her “cat care,” and they were faithful to sit with her, right until the end.

She joked about Prissy doing the day shift and Cindy doing the night shift (literally).

She had stories and photos of them.

Helen was the granddaughter of the famous Vaudeville actor, Jefferson DeAngelis, who starred with Lillian Russell and others in the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, over all of Europe in the late 1880s and early 1900s.

She had many memories of both World Wars, Women's Suffrage, the Depression, early childhood years and still retained her sharp and creative mind.

She left behind hundreds of photos to back up all of her stories.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Fredrick Charles DeAngelis, mother, Eveleen Electa Dennison DeAngelis; and brothers, Thomas DeAngelis and  Frederick DeAngelis; husband, Martin Carbone; and   stepson, Marty Carbone.

She is survived by her special-adopted daughter and caretaker, Nancy Andrée, stepson and wife, Bill and Elsa Carbone, Ridgewood, N.J.; stepdaughter, Lois Barber, Amhurst, Mass. and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. at Garden of Prayer, Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens. Donations in her memory can be made to the Henderson County Humane Society. 

The family wishes to thank her special attendants from Jordan Health Services, especially Judy Whitley. Thanks also go to Genesis Hospice RN, Raney Barfield and Social Worker  Sarah Carlson, who was Helen's special friend.