Mary Helen Horrall

Mary Helen Horrall

DECEMBER 23, 1923 – NOVEMBER 15, 2022


Mary Helen (Ames) Horrall, 98, of Terre Haute passed away at 10:18 am on November 15, 2022 at her daughter’s house in Terre Haute, IN. She was surrounded by her family.

Born on December 23, 1923 in Bridgeton, IN, Helen was the daughter of Miskel and Albert Ames. Helen had a variety of jobs throughout her life, but her favorite was working as a Teaching Assistant for over 30 years at Warren and Ouabache elementary schools until the young age of 83. She loved working with the kindergarteners and in the library. Helen’s sweet and thoughtful nature helped her in creating many lasting friendships. Her family often joked about the amount of Christmas cards she received and how she was clearly the most liked in the family.

Helen could be found most evenings watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, or basketball. On off seasons, she would be watching any other sports. She recently said that her greatest accomplishment in life is her family—she was so proud. Helen loved any family get together, especially the one’s where her son-in-law cooked. Everything he made was her favorite food. Throughout most of her adult life, Christmas was her favorite because she loved making food for her family and having everyone together.

Helen wasn’t just proud of her family, but her family was really proud of her. Her daughters, granddaughters, and nieces often talk about how proud they are to be Ames women, and that to them this means being strong, independent, and powerful. Her granddaughter even opened a store in her namesake because of these same reasons. Her peace and strong presence will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her son Ernie Tom (Sharon) Horrall, and daughters Sandy (John) Long and Kelly (Ed) Gosnell; her grandson Blayd Horrall, granddaughters Katelyn Gosnell Richey and Kinsey Gosnell; and her great-grandsons Miles and Owen Richey and Ivory Teague; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ernie Horrall, her siblings Joanna Carpenter, Albert (Hap) Ames, Dorothy Nevins, and Patty Lawson.


Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, November 18 at Roselawn Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home, with Chaplain Mike Pringle officiating. Helen will be laid to rest next to her husband in Roselawn Memorial Park’s Chapel of Memories. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at





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