If anyone needed food, clothes or even a home, they could almost always depend on Helen Ouzts.
"She loved to do for people, and if anybody was in need of food and clothes, she would help them," said her sister Meriam Williams. "She had a lady that she took care of, and my sister asked her to come and live with her. The lady called my sister 'mama,' and so I would consider her my sister's foster child."
Mrs. Ouzts, 74, died Dec. 29 at University Hospital.
For more than 15 years, Mrs. Ouzts was the lead waitress and supervisor at the Coffee Shop at University Hospital. Her sister said she was the lead waitress at many restaurants and that serving people was something she loved to do.
In 1990, Mrs. Ouzts retired from the Coffee Shop and went on to pursue her hobbies and interests, such as canning vegetables and cooking.
"She loved to cook and can (vegetables)," Mrs. Williams said. "One of her favorite things to cook was homemade vegetable soup. You know, good ol' Southern country cooking."
Fishing was something Mrs. Ouzts often took part in, spending many hours at privately owned ponds, waiting for a good catch.
She also was an avid collector of ceramic pigs. Her sister said she had more than 200 pigs of all sizes in her home. Although she collected fake pigs, Mrs. Ouzts owned several real dogs and cats.
"She had five dogs and maybe four stray cats that stayed outside," her sister said. "If she saw (a dog or a cat) out on the highway, she would get it."
Survivors also include a son, Steven Ouzts; two brothers, Harry Meyer and Ernest Gordon Meyer; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services for Mrs. Ouzts were held at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Ray Fowler officiated.
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