Mrs. Helen Louise Waters, 79, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Her final words to the family, friends and physicians at her side were “Thank You Very Much.”
Helen, or “Mother Helen” as she was often referred, was born on March 18, 1939 in Miami, Florida to Enos and Beulah Gardiner. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and then attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas where she became a social activist and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
She later went on to obtain a Masters Degree from Yale University for Cytology. For nearly five decades, she worked as a Registered Nurse and Cytotechnologist displaying an impeccable skill for diagnosis in the field of cancer treatment and microscopic research, even diagnosing her own uterine cancer. She later retired after losing her eyesight to glaucoma. This, however, never stopped her as she lived an abundant life centered on serving God and her community by praying, cooking, hugging, laughing and just listening to others. She most enjoyed spending time with her “Poo Bear” Sylvet. Even still, they share a bond that will never be broken.
Helen is survived by her be-loved daughter, Sylvet Joy Waters, her sisters, Elizabeth Singleton, Betty Gardiner and Barbara Robinson, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Acknowledgement and thanks are also given to the numerous Angels whom God has placed in Helen and Sylvet’s lives who are considered their “heart” family.
Family and friends and others in the community whose lives Helen touched are invited to Mount Hermon AME church at 401 N.W. Seventh Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 to celebrate her life, reminisce, grieve and partake in fellowship with some of Mother Helen’s favorite foods.
Condolences may be sent to McWhite’s Funeral Home, 3501 West Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 33312, where a viewing will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 5 to 9 p.m.