The Norman Transcript

August 18, 2013

Marjorie Jeanette Helm Lindley

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Marjorie Jeanette Lindley, 85, was a Christian mother that gave fully of herself and had a servant’s heart. Everyone that knew her loved her dearly. “Sissy,” as her family affectionately called her, was an example of love, selflessness, understanding, patience, and kindness. She loved to cook and was always thinking of others by taking food to someone in need to cheer them up. She will be greatly missed.

Marjorie was born to Jeanette and Rufus Helm in Newcastle, Texas on Nov. 16, 1927. She grew up with her siblings, JMac, Bud, Virginia, and Rufus and attended Newcastle High School. She was a cheerleader and fell in love with the quarterback, her husband Billy Ray Lindley. They were married on Jan. 4, 1946.

After the war, they moved to Denton, Texas where she attended Texas State College for Women. They had two children, Carol Lindley and Billy Ray Lindley II.

They moved to Dallas where she was a pre-school teacher for a couple of years and then moved the family for a short time to El Paso, Texas and Tulsa. They then became long time residents in their home of Norman.

First of all, Marjorie was a homemaker for her husband and children but was always reaching out into the public. She owned a clothing store, became a realtor for McConnell Realty and then co-owner of Carol’s Kitchen, a local restaurant.

She loved to be involved with people and never met a stranger – Marjorie really loved to talk. She was also very funny and loved to tell stories, was always involved with her children’s activities and never missed an event. She loved to play bridge with friends and relatives, loved to entertain, and loved to travel.

She was a long time member of McFarlin Methodist Church and was a member of the YWCA. Marjorie cherished the times with her lady friends at the “Y” and the numerous friends in Norman. Two ladies were very dear to her heart, Gloria Welch and Jane Sadberry.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Ray Lindley of the home; Betty Ann Lindley of Plano, Texas; Joyce Lindley of El Paso, Texas; and Gladys Helm of Waubun, Minn. Also, her children, Carol Lindley of Norman, and Bill and wife Pat Lindley of Edmond; grandchildren, Brian and wife Tiffany Lindley of Oklahoma City, and Melissa and husband Clark Roberts of Branson, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Lily Kate and Aidan James Lindley and grand-dog, Savannah II.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Jeanette and Rufus Helm, and family members JMac and Louise Helm, Bud and Fran Helm, Virginia and Col. Dan B. Orr, and Rufus Helm.

Many thanks and prayers go out to all the in-home caregivers that helped mom throughout the last many months that mom needed help. A special thanks goes out to Life Care Hospice and health care givers Jackie Martinez, Leslye Rodriguez, Alisha Tasetano and Janese Williams. Most of all we want to thank Dr. Stephen Lindsey and Dr. Mark Moses for being the most amazing, gentle, compassionate, and caring physicians you could ever have.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St., Norman.

Visitation will also be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Morrison Funeral Home in Graham, Texas. Graveside services and interment will be at 9:30 a.m. in Newcastle, Texas on Thursday and a celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. at Morrison Funeral Home, Graham, Texas.

In memory of Marjorie, please make a donation to your favorite charity. Arrangements for Marjorie and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. On line condolences may be shared at