Helena Elizabeth Purl

Helena Elizabeth Purl, 54, of Santa Fe, passed away October 8, 2019 in Pasadena, Texas.  Helena was born April 11, 1965, to Lovella and Mervin Ralstin in Coffeyville, Kansas.  Helena was proud of her nursing career. She worked for UTMB and Baylor as a registered nurse, and went back to get her CRNP to better serve her community. She will be remembered as a loving wife, sister, mother, and grandmother.

Helena was preceded in death by her parents, and by a grandson, Lazlo Loya.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her beloved husband of 32 years Charles Purl; daughters Alexandria Loya and husband Levi, Amanda Purl, Kayla Purl, and Nala Purl; sons Rex Purl and wife Nicole, and Colton Purl; sisters Rebecca Galindo and husband Pete, and Martha Alexander and husband Paul; brother Russell Ralstin and wife Nicole; grandchildren Kylee Hulse, Connor Purl, and Jordan Purl; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A visitation in her honor will be held 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, October 11, 2019, at Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, Dickinson, Texas.  Burial will be in Restlawn Cemetery, Coffeyville, KS.


  1. Our thoughts and heavenly prayers, we are are truly sorry for your loss, God Bless we love you.

    The Spraberrys

    Carl Spraberry
  2. So sorry for your loss… Ali, I sent you a message on FB. I worked with Helena at Baylor.

    Gloria Keeling
  3. Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and forever dear.

    Sending hugs and love.

  4. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Helena did so much for the PAH community and was a supporter of the local PAH support group.

    Beautiful in heart, soul, and stature.

    Gone too soon.

    Shirley Craig
  5. To the family and loved ones of Helena,

    Please accept my sincere condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Helena for a many years. As a fellow nurse, I know how dedicated Helena was to her patients, career and to conducting research. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

    With sympathy,


    Mary Mills
  6. It has been many years since HELENA worked for me. She was smart, dedicated to her job and her patients, a supporter and a teacher to her junior staff , and both my colleague and my friend. She faced difficult personal challenges with energy and love for her family. I have not and will not forget her. Adaani Frost

    Adaani Frost
  7. Heaven gained a Beautiful Angel! So sorry for your loss. Love ya’ll!

    Deananne Dack
  8. Oh my goodness! No! We were next door neighbors for 15 years. She is only one month older than me and we were jr high and high school friends. We recently connected again and I so much wanted to go to Houston to visit her! Please email me.
    I am so sad! I should have acted sooner.
    Darlene Horlacher

    Darlene Horlacher
  9. Helena was a truly committed to the PAH committee and treated each patient as family. May God bless her and her family.

    Jay Milton
  10. So sad to hear this news. We were neighbors for a few years when they lived in Utah. My condolences to her family

    Susie phillips
  11. Our deepest sympathies to Rex and his entire family. Helena was very loved by everyone and a wonderful grandmother to my grandkids Kylee, Connor, and Jordon as well. You will be extremely missed; rest in heavenly peace with our Lord.

    Catherine Hulse
  12. I’ve been in so many hospitals in the Houston area over the last 13 years and am so sorry to see this beautiful,caregiver, wife, mother and friend of so many has passed away; her rewards in Heaven will be great and so well deserved.

    I am sorry to have never met her, but that doesn’t mean at some time in my many weeks of surgery recoveries that I wasn’t under her care.

    Blessings to all her family and friends and May God give you peace as your memories ponder your loss.

    Gary Smart
  13. Helena will be deeply missed. Her dedication always showed through. Although we only worked together and our communication was through phone contact only there was never a question as to her care and concern. It was clear that this was not just for work but was who she was. My deepest sympathy to her family during this time of loss. May God be with you and comfort you during this time.

    Gigi SIlle

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