|Helen Neville Barabin was born November 15, 1916 to the late Alexander and Felecia Collins-Neville. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Rev. Walter Barabin in 1945.
Mrs. Barabin accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of Mallalieu United Methodist Church until 1985. In 1985, she returned to her borne church, Godman United. Methodist Church of Charenton, where Rev. Walter Barabin pastored.
At Godman, Mrs. Barabin served faithfully in various departments until she became too ill to attend church services. She taught Sunday School and was also the Sunday School Superintendent She was generous with her time and money and shared concern for the welfare of her church. She purchased the pews that are presently being used in Godman United Methodist Church. She also initiated a drive and witnessed the completion of a reception and kitchen area for Godman United Methodist Church. She helped purchase the ceiling fans that are now in Godman United Methodist Church. Mrs. Barabin was truly a God-sent Christian to Godman and her spirit can still be felt in the church services. Her services to Godman will never be forgotten by those who knew her. Mrs. Barabin was also the church’s lay leader and President of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Queen Esther Order of the Easter Stars, Chapter #10.
Mrs. Helen N. Barabin finished her course on November 9, 1994, six days before her 78th birthday, at Franklin Hospital in Franklin, Louisiana.
Mrs. Helen Barabin was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rev. Walter Barabin, long-term minister of the Louisiana Conference; her parents, two brothers, Earl and Irvin Neville and one son, Lionel Tolliver.
Left to cherish her memories are her son and his wife, Donald Joseph and Beatrice Lancelin-Joseph; a stepdaughter, Lillian Gash; a sister, Hester Phillips; five grandchildren; and a host of neices, nephews, cousins, friends and two very dear friends, Lilllie Edwards and Donna Lewis-Lancelin.
Mrs. Helen Neville Barabin’s Funeral was on Saturday, November 12, 1994 at 1:00 p.m. at Godman United Methodist Church in Charenton, Louisiana, with its current minister, Rev. Idella Stevenson, officiating. Rev. Stevenson was a close friend of Mrs. Barabin and had given her communion monthly as Rev. Stevenson visited Franklin Nursing Home where Mrs. Barabin resided. Rev. Fulton Raymond did the eulogy. We leave you with this borrowed poem:
“The pains of death are just.
Labor and sorrow cease
And life’s long warfare has closed at last,
Thy soul is found in peace.
God sees when footsteps falter,
When the pathway has grown too steep,
Then He touches the weary eyelids,
And gives His dear one sleep.
Mrs. Barabin, we hope to meet you on that beautiful shore!
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1995; p. 258 By Idella Ann Stevenson|