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Helen Julia Bauman Kuykendall
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009

Helen Julia Bauman Kuykendall at the age of 92,  passed away peacefully on November 28

Helen was born in Valley Spring, Texas, on August 12, 1917, to August Julius (A.J.) Bauman and Ella Goodman Bauman. She had one sister, Anna Louise Bauman, and one brother, Douglas Julius Bauman.

After graduating from Cherokee High School in 1934, Helen attended the University of Texas in Austin where she studied in business.   She was married on January 6, 1938, to Randall  Gray "Smokey" Kuykendall and they raised three children together, Graylene Julia, Randall Julius and Eula Louise.  They made their home together in Valley Spring where she resided until her passing.

 Helen grew up ranching and made that her profession, working hard, never complaining and doing what she loved.  As a young woman she was an avid barrel racer and involved with the Girls Rodeo Association which formed in 1948.  She was a supporter of 4-H,  the Livestock Raisers Association and lifelong member of the Valley Spring Methodist Church.

Surviving family members include one son Randall Julius Kuykendall and wife Sara of Valley Spring; three grandchildren Kippi Kenney, Keith Shaffer and wife Gina, Ken Shaffer and wife Kathy all of Valley Spring along with six treasured great grandchildren, Scott, Alyson, Sterlin, Heather, Garrett and Steele.

Preceeding her in death were her parents, husband R.G."Smokey" Kuykendall, two daughters Louise Kuykendall and Graylene Owens, one sister Ann Hillman and one brother Douglas Bauman.

Funeral services were held at the Waldrope Hatfield Hawthorne Funeral home in Llano, Tx. on December 1, 2009, at 2:00 p.m.  Memorials can be made on her behalf to a charity of choice

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th 2009 in Llano, Texas, surrounded by her loving family.

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