Let the memory of Helen be with us forever.
  • 77 years old
  • Born on August 29, 1941 in Georgetown, Delaware, United States.
  • Passed away on January 23, 2019 in Pearland, Texas, United States.
On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Helen Lee McWilliams, loving mother, grandmother, and dear friend passed away at the age of 77 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Born and raised in Georgetown, DE, Helen was the daughter of Joseph and Maggie Pittard, and sister of Joseph Pittard. In 1960, she married Myron McWilliams and raised their son, Todd McWilliams, and daughter, Reneé Rosenthal.
Helen moved to Pearland, TX in 1993, where she realized her calling and opened a child daycare business with her friend and business partner, Pricillia Jones. Helen spent the happiest years of her life in Pearland living near her daughter and son-in-law, Reneé and David Rosenthal, along with her much loved grandchildren, Sam and Maggie.
Helen’s family and friends remember her for her generosity and infectious sense of humor. Helen had a special gift for making those around her laugh in any situation.
Helen is survived by brother Joseph Pittard, son Todd McWilliams, daughter Reneé Rosenthal, grandchildren Sam and Maggie Rosenthal, and niece, Susan Pittard Gardner and many friends.

In honor of Helen’s memory, the family asks that donations in Helen’s memory be sent to The Alzheimer’s Association http://www.alz.org.This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Helen McWilliams 77 years old , born on August 29, 1941 and passed away on January 23, 2019. We will remember her forever.

Posted by Ed Martinez on 11th February 2019
Patty and I give God all the glory and thanks for giving us the grace to able to have known Helen and call her friend. As neighbors for 16 years we got to know and see a very wonderful woman who feared God and left her foot prints in the sand of time by her good deeds. Helen, our prayers are that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior will grant you eternal rest with Him in the Kingdom of God the Father, where we shall meet again one day. Blessings, Ed and Patty Martinez
Posted by Paola Abreu Avila on 2nd February 2019
My deepest condolences to Ms. Helen’s family, we met her when my son Diego was enrolled at Stepping Stones, she was a beautiful and sweet lady, who made sure he always felt included, my son had just been diagnosed with Autism. She made sure all the kids were happy and very well taken care of. I will forever be grateful that she owned such an amazing daycare ~ where employees were happy and that translates into Happy kiddos. She always celebrated Christmas for the children in such a special way. We will always keep her in a special place in our hearts. And pray for her family. RIP Ms. Helen
Posted by Kellie Hurst on 31st January 2019
Dear Todd and Renee ... I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Helen was such a unique woman - one in a million! She could tell a story like no one. She brought so much laughter to our family through the years. I'm so glad we knew her. I pray the Lord will bring you peace and comfort during this time.
Posted by Heather Russell on 28th January 2019
Helen McWilliams Was my first boss who hired me at Stepping Stones Daycare 16 years ago because of her is the reason why I’m still in the daycare business. Helen would always bring a smile to my face she was one of the funniest person I have ever meet and has a heart of gold. Until we meet again. Love you
Posted by Kimberly Janak Seba on 27th January 2019
My youngest daughter was five when she first went to Stepping Stones Daycare. Our story with this wonderful woman begans like this...Cassie was an outgoing, energetic child until I took her to a daycare off Bailey Rd. After a few weeks, I noticed she was becoming withdrawn and not speaking. I told my mom about it and she suggested switching her to Stepping Stones. I called and asked if there were any openings and was told there was a waiting list. I relayed this to my mom and she said we'll go by there. I was desperate, I didnt want to take Cassie back to that daycare. When we arrived we were greeted by Miss Helen. I gave her my spiel about the other daycare and how conceened I was about Cassie going back. Without hesitation she told me to leave Cassie for a few hours to see if she liked it here. When I went back to pick up Cassie, she was back to her old self, had made some friends and was the happiest I had seen her in weeks. Miss Helen said Cassie must have had a bad experience at the other daycare. She told me she would make room for her and Cassie stayed at Stepping Stones until she was too old to attend anymore (which I think is 13 or 14?). Cassie is now 19 and is pursuing hee dream of theater. If it had not been for the kindness of Miss Helen, I don't know how things would have turned out, but I'm so thankful I didn't have to find out. RIP Miss Helen. You will be so very missed!
Posted by Cathy Clements on 26th January 2019
Helen was my first employer when I moved to Pearland 24 years ago. Actually, this is how the first phone call went: me: "Hi, are you by chance hiring?" Helen: "As a matter of fact, I was just getting ready to put an add in the paper. Would you be interested in driving a van? My 4 year old teacher/van driver is getting ready to go back to school." me: "Sure. I'm new to the area and really need a job." Helen: "Do you by chance have a valid South Carolina driver's license?" me: "No ma'am. Are you sure I need a South Carolina license? I only have a Texas driver's license but it is valid." The belly laugh that came afterward was and still is today unforgettable!!! She absolutely made working anything but "just a job," because of her love of life and passion for caring for children and why I'm still at Stepping Stones today. Many memories were made through the years and much laughter was shared. I'm going to miss you so much but at the same time, thank you even more for taking the time for me all those years ago. RIP my precious second mom... I love you, Helen!
Posted by Rochelle Parks on 26th January 2019
Stepping Stones took care of our son from infancy to toddler. Helen was a wonderful person. Our condolences.
Posted by Diana Gutierrez on 26th January 2019
I can’t belive this happen! I work for Helen at steppingstones learning center.I well never Forget when she hired me and how nice of a person she was and how she complement me. She was always helping others in need! I can honestly say I loved my job because of her! Always having a smile on her face and positive vibes and really appreciated her staff. She always did very generous things she honestly did not have too. She was really a great impact in my life and she will never be forgiven! Rest in peace Helen
Posted by Terri Brunt on 26th January 2019
Helen took both of my boys into her daycare. Every evening, they both had to hug Miss Helen before they went home. She made them feel so welcomed into her little daycare home. Cameron and Brandon both learned so much at Stepping Stones and we will forever have wonderful memories, including her bringing Shaggy and the Mystery Machine to visit in the summer. We will miss you, Miss Helen!
Posted by Pricillia Jones on 26th January 2019
Helen was my best friend for over 30 years. We had so much fun together and made lots of memories. I will miss her forever but one day will see her again. She raised 2 wonderful children and adored her grandchildren. She had a wonderful sense of humor and I will always remember her asking everyone at a party or a gathering of some type this famous quote of hers: "Has anyone here ever been on the Oprah Winfrey show? Well, I have." Rest in peace my sweet friend.

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