Sister Helen Delores Maston -Hightower, 58, departed this life on June 19, 2019 in Madison,Wisconsin, She is the wife of Mark Hightower, the mother of Tamenka, Joseph, and Tonya Maston. Family is receiving friends at the home of her sister, Lillie Mae Page 6824 Gause Court, Latta, SC 29565.
Funeral arrangements for Sister Maston are scheduled for Monday, July 1, 2019 - 12:00 pm at St. Phillips United Methodist Church 146 Bowling Green Road, Marion, SC 29571. She will be laid to rest in the St. Phillips United Methodist Church Cemetery.
“I have a fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award me on that day and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearing.” — Timothy 4:7-8
Helen Maston, daughter of the late John C and Phillipine Phillips Townsend, was born in Marion, South Carolina on December 5, 1960 and entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Williams Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin after an extended fight for recovery from a lung transplant.
Helen accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age and became a member at St. Phillips, UMC in Marion, South Carolina.
Helen graduated from Marion High School in 1979 and proudly served in the United States Army from 1979-1994. She continued her education in later years by receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Parks University in Parkville, Missouri. Helen enjoyed traveling, hiking, running, board games and jigsaw puzzles. Other pastimes were road trips, hanging out at the park or by the lake, carnivals and meeting new people. On October 14, 2009, she married fellow Army veteran, Mark Hightower. Helen had a positive and beautiful disposition throughout her 3 1⁄2 years arduous battle for life after her lung transplant in Madison, Wisconsin. During that time, she and her husband Mark kept company with other veterans going through a similar ordeal.
Helen never complained but instead stated that “all was well with me and the Lord”. She received strength through her faith and relationship with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As a devout Christian, Helen received her missionary’s certification from the Church of God in Christ of El Paso, Texas. She was a woman of strong faith in Christ. She conducted bible studies, sharing the word to fellow transplant patients and their caregivers. Helen was passionate about helping those in need and family. She was a wonderful wife, proud mother and a doting grandmother. To know Helen was to love her because she always embraced others with the spirit of loving, caring and giving.
Preceding Helen in death are her parents, John C and Phillipine Phillips Townsend; sister, Albertine Townsend; sister-in-law, Monica Hightower; brother-in-law, Stafford Faulk, Jr. and nephew, Quincy Andre Faulk.
Left to cherish fond memories of Helen are her devoted and loving husband, Mark Hightower and her children whom she loved dearly, Tameka and Joseph Maston, Jr. of El Paso, TX and Tonya Maston of Germany. Three grandchildren, Noah Maliki Maston, Jeremiah Maston and Jazlynn Marie Messerli of El Paso, TX. Sisters, Bobbie (Rev. Kenneth) Johnson, Sr., Johnnie Mae Faulk, Lillie (Willie) Page all of Latta, S.C., Mary Townsend of Orangeburg, S.C.; brothers, John C. Townsend, Jr. of Dillon, S.C., Arthur (LaMonica) Townsend of Conway, S.C., Walter (Cathy) Townsend and Willis (Dana) Townsend of Columbus, Ohio and Boyd (Cindy) Moody, Jr., of Marion, S.C.; mother-in-law, Dorilyn Boykins of Florida; father-in-law, Alfonza Hightower of Virginia; one aunt, Albertine Gause of Marion, S.C.; special nieces (Chrysta, Rita, Twanisha, Ashley and Kourtney Sha; host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, Cheryl Waiters, Lisa Samuels; best friends, Lisa Seabrooks and Debra Hannah and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Family.