Frances Welsh Hellinghausen

On December 23, 2018, Frances Hellinghausen, loving wife and mother, went to be with the Lord. She was born to John Robert and Marcella Welsh February 23, 1937 in Harvey Illinois. She graduated from St. Vincent’s High School in Shreveport La. where she met the love of her life, Paul Hellinghausen. She went on to attend St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans La. and Spring Hill College in Mobile Al. Frances and Paul were married June 10, 1957 in Shreveport, La., where they lived for many years before moving to Plano, TX, retiring to Horseshoe Bay, TX and Fredericksburg, TX. She is survived by her husband Paul; son Bill and his wife Mary Ann; son Doug and his wife Holly; son Paul and his wife Laurie; and daughter Dawn and her husband Mike. She also is survived by her grandchildren Leigh, Austen, Garrett, Laura, Valerie, Amanda, Mitchell and Kristina; great-grandchildren Wyatt, William and Gavin; her sisters Patricia, Shirley, Kathleen and brother Charles. She was preceded in death by her son Greg, sister Sr. Marietta Welsh MSC and brother Fr. John Robert Welsh S.J.
Frances loved life being a mom, homemaker, volunteering in her church and community, and playing tennis with good friends. She was a role model with her love for God and commitment to family and friends. She was treasured by her beloved husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her creativity, patient nature and playful sense of humor will be missed but always remembered.
To celebrate her life, a funeral Mass will be held Friday, February, 1 at 10:30 AM at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 3131 El Dorado, Houston. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at


  1. A lovely tribute to a wonderful friend and neighbor. Rest in peace, friend.

    Ann Collins
  2. How you will be missed, my beautiful sister!

    Shirley Cashore
  3. A fun friend and classmate at dear old St. Vincent’s. Hail to the good times we had! May you rest in pease.

    Rita Turbeville Dowdy
  4. The finest Mother-in-law ever. I’ll miss her laughter and love. “We’ll meet again.”

    Keli Hellinghausen Blankenship
  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you Paul & family. May Frances Rest In Peace! Always enjoyed both of you when you were at St. Paul’s in HSB.

    Karen Jones
  6. Frances, I was blessed to have you as my friend.

    Libby Boyd
  7. Great person to have known. She will be missed by anyone that was fortunate enough to have meet her. My and my family will be saying prayers for her.

    Paul J. Jarzabek
  8. My prayers are with the Hellinghausen family during this time of loss of a great lady. May God comfort you in knowing she now is singing joyfully unto our Lord in the company of angels.

    Dorothy Jarzabek
  9. I have so many happy memories with Aunt Frances. I remember her sweet voice. Our families all lived in Plano for a while, were able to cget together for family celebrations together. I wa s a bit younger than the rest of the cousins (2nd? Cousins.) I loved every minute – the big kids were nice & Frances always made me feel special. She had a grace about her I will never forget. God bless.

    Jennifer Green
  10. Everyone loved Aunt Frances…She was such a lovely lady. I remember her beautiful face and that wonderful voice. She was bright and warm and loving and graceful. She was also so kind and fun and a joy to be around. I have great memories of the whole family when we were all living in Plano at the same time and got to spend time together. Aunt Frances made everyone feel special – which was just one of the many special things about her. Rest in Peace, Aunt Frances!

    Gretchen Dixon

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