Helen Sue Smith

Helen Sue Smith, 70, of Amarillo, passed away on January 15, 2022. She was born April 24, 1951, to Ernest and Norma Jean (Winn) Burkes, Jr., in Borger, Texas.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Lighthouse Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave., in Amarillo, Texas. The family will receive visitors beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Helen was always the one to lighten the mood with her funny wit. Her contagious laugh would have everyone cracking up. She lived the core values of life and loved helping other people. She will be dearly missed by the family and friends that knew her. All the outpouring of support during this trying time is proof that she made a difference in many people’s lives. When she was younger she enjoyed going to rodeos with her dad and riding in the parades. She will truly be missed.

Helen was preceded in death by her dad, Ernest Burkes, Jr.

She is survived by her mother, Norma J. Burkes; her son, Tracy Smith, and wife Kristyn, and grandchildren Domonic Wendell, Kaylee Smith, and Leeam Smith.


  1. Jackie Whatley

    Helen has always been a dear friend. If you were around her, there would be lots of laughs. Her mood was always the same. Always ready to have some fun. Our friendship continued throughout life. We will miss her dearly.

  2. Brenda Dunn and family

    Helen has been a great friend of our family for years had lots of fun in love and laughter with her we will dearly dearly miss her

  3. Cynthia Summers Drake

    Helen was a dear friend that I will never forget. Her smile and her laughter will not be forgotten!! Prayers for all the family. ??

  4. Sandra Loy (Baker) Macha

    Very sorry to hear this. An old school friend that I only recently got in touch with. Rest in peace Helen.

  5. Annette Wilson

    Helen was a very dear friend. She had a beautiful smile and laugh. We had a lot of sleepless sleep overs. I will never forget her. Miss you Helen Sue.

  6. Mayda King

    I’m very sorry to hear this. I remember her from high school days. She had a wonderful smile. My sympathy for her family.

  7. Barbara Shepherd

    Helen was my friend ever since 7th grade when we met. She fought hard to live the last 10 years but she always had a good attitude. We would make each other laugh every time we talked on the phone. I loved Helen and I will greatly miss her. See you again some day, Helen.

  8. Sara

    I have spent the last decade in the hen house with Helen (via the phone). Telling stories, secrets and most of all laughing. Hers was hands down my favorite laugh. I am so happy she is finally free of pain but I sure will miss her.

  9. Kelly Perkins

    Thank you for always being there for me and all of my family. I’m at a loss to find words to express what you’ve meant to me. I love you and will miss you, but praise God I will see you again. Lord, please comfort all who loved this amazing woman.

  10. Marva Goodall Rasco

    Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the Burke’s family. Helen Sue was so patient with all of us ‘little kids’. We shared many neighborhood memories and lots of great times at the ‘roping arena’. We had a lengthy precious phone conversation about a year ago. I don’t think I had laughed so joyfully in a while. This is how I remember this sweet lady. Always upbeat, joyful and thinking of others! Norma, please know that Helen’s memories live on in our hearts. Love, Marva

  11. Carolyn

    Helen and I had some good times together in spite of her being sick. I stayed with her and loved taking care of her snd Peanut. I m so sortie your loss Tracy snd Norma. Rip sweet Helen. ?

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