HELEN L. HILTON SOWELL 15 August 1930 - 30 March 2010 Mrs. Helen L. Hilton Sowell, 79, died Tuesday 30 March 2010 at her residence in Palos Verdes Estates, California. She completed a 14-month battle with cancer, and with her family at her side, died due to progression of the disease despite chemotherapy. She was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and graduated from Meeker (Oklahoma) High School, and the University of California at Los Angeles, where she earned a B.A. degree in Speech and Education. She later earned an M.A. degree in Speech and Language Disorders from California State University, Long Beach. For more than 40 years, she worked as a Speech Pathologist for the Hermosa Beach Unified School District, the County of Los Angeles, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She was a patron of theater and performing arts throughout her life, and was active for many years in the Palos Verdes Players. She also served in various leadership roles in her church for many years. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, William Raymond Sowell. She met her husband while attending Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She is survived by her son, Dr. William H. Sowell of Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and two grandchildren, W. Nicholas Sowell of Palos Verdes Estates (CA), and Ashlee Sowell Roper of Great Bend (KS). A memorial service will be celebrated at First Baptist Church of Palos Verdes, 28 Moccasin Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, California on Saturday 3 April at 10:00 AM. Reception immediately follows at the church. Following cremation, the remains of Helen L. Sowell and Bill R. Sowell, will be inurned at the family burial plot in Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and a graveside service will be conducted at a convenient time in the future. The local services are under the direction of Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, California.

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  1. Be assured of our love and prayers for you Bill, and for you Nick! We will continue to lift you up before our gracious God in prayer. Contact us at any time for any need.

  2. Dear Mom- We will deeply miss you. I am sure that you are enjoying being out of pain and being with Dad again. Much love always, Bill

  3. Bill, I was so very sorry to hear of the death of your mother. Words can’t relieve the pain but knowing she is finally able to rest after her battle can provide some inner peace. May God bless and keep the both of you in the palm of His hand.

  4. My love goes out to the Sowell Family today. Helen was an amazing women. She was beautiful inside and out. I will miss sitting with her, her beautiful eyes, her compassion and spirit looking at me through to my core. She was one of the kindest gentlest souls I have known in my life. Helen, I love you and will miss you greatly. Thank you for for allowing me to be a part of your life.

  5. My life is richer for having known both Helen and Bill. They delighted in their son and beautiful grandchildren. My sincere condolences to Bill, Ashleigh, and Nick. She was a great lady and will now be your guardian angel. Think of her in her heavenly body dancing with Bill in heaven – together for eternity. May the Peace of the Lord be with you always.

  6. I had the pleasure of meeting Helen a few years back when she came to our office,Hughes Chiropractic. She touched my heart from day one. I was so glad I was able to attend her service. My condolences to all her loved ones.I will miss her.

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