1931-2017 Helene Joy Klein Toomim, 86, of Beaumont, Texas, passed away on January 11, 2017 peacefully. She was born January 15, 1931 in Houston, Texas to Hortense and Abe Klein. Helene Joy Klein Toomim grew up and lived most of her adult life primarily in Beaumont TX. She raised five daughters and has seven grandchildren. During her life she was very involved in designing clothing and costumes for her five daughters, eventually moving on to open her own dance wear and formal design shop with Pat Ford in Beaumont TX. She went on to complete her Masters degree in Fine Arts at Lamar University later in her life. She was very involved in her community. She participated in the Rose Society, the Medical Arts Auxiliary, Temple Emanuel sisterhood. During her college years at the University of Texas she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. She was an avid gardener and raised prize-winning roses. She designed costumes for the Judith Sproule School of Dance, Beaumont Civic Ballet and the Lamar University Dance Company. Helene grew up in the jewelry business and continued that avocation into adulthood. She retired to the Lake Conroe area, where she was on the architectural committee for her community. Helene is survived by her five daughters: Kim Toomim Schwarzlose, Claudia Toomim and George Moss, Leah Melissa Toomim, Rachel Toomim and Mark Youngblood, Amy Toomim Manual and David Manual. Grandchildren: Will Schwarzlose, Elle Schwarzlose, Kate Schwarzlose, Grace Chomick, Ian Chomick, James Long, Cullen Long. A memorial service and a showing of Helene's art work were held on Thursday in Denton, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials made to: The Texas Jewish Historical Society: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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