Helen Porter Lundberg

Helen Porter Lundberg


   Helen Pearl Porter Lundberg, 101, passed away on April 4, 2017. Helen was born in Dickens County on September 4, 1915 to Samuel Lewers Porter and Alice Pearl (Lea) Porter. She was the eighth of nine children. After high school graduation, Helen went to Texas Tech in 1933 and received her degree in Elementary Education, embarking on a 30+ year career.

   Helen met the love of her life, Russell Lundberg, in the mid-1930’s, as he worked on the Matador Ranch, next door to her family’s ranch. They married on March 12, 1941, and enjoyed 59 years of marriage until Russell passed away in January 2000.

   The Lundbergs lived in Upper Peninsula, Michigan, Russell’s family home area, for 15 years where Helen taught grades 1-6 in a one-room schoolhouse, helped Russell with potato farming and running their dairy farm, often working in sub-zero temperatures and many feet of snow. They returned to Texas and lived in Midland, where Helen taught mostly 1st grade. Upon retirement, they moved to San Saba where Helen was involved with the Retired Teachers’ Association, serving as president and other offices.

   Helen enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, church work, library work and helped her husband document his time as a cowboy with the publishing of Life on the Matador Ranch, by Russell Lundberg. 

   Helen and Russell had two sons, Tim and Tom, who were born in the Upper Peninsula. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Russell, her son Tim and all her siblings and spouses.

   She is survived by son Tom and wife Karen of San Saba, grandson Kris Lundberg and wife Marissa of Mildand, Rusty Lundberg of Port Aransas, Tim Lundberg of Dallas, Jay Moran and wife Stephanie of Odessa, Blake Moran and wife Lamanda of Austin, and eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

   Memorials may be made to her church, Valley Springs Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Jimmy Shook, 585 PRa 400, San Saba, TX 76877.  

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