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Helen Burton Miskell, born in Clark County, Arkansas on February 23, 1923, died at her home in Austin, Texas on June 5, 2013 surrounded by family. She was 90 years old at the time of her death.
Helen was one of ten children born to Thomas Abner Burton and Octavia Terry Burton. She is survived by her only sister, Fay Garrett, her youngest brother, Joe Ed Burton, who live in Southern California as well as many extended family members in Arkansas.
She was a much loved daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in addition to her professional accomplishments as a teacher, librarian, and published poet.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Francis A. Miskell, former Consumer Credit Commissioner of the State of Texas. Her surviving children include Kevin F. Miskell and his wife Janette of Austin, Texas and Susan Miskell Grotevant and her husband, Harold D. Grotevant of Belchertown, MA. She is survived by two grandsons. Paul F. Grotevant and his wife Carolyn Schwarz and Mark R. Grotevant of Austin, Texas. She also lived to welcome two great-grandchildren, Meredith and Reid Grotevant of Austin, Texas.
Her family and friends will gather to celebrate her life in a graveside service at Austin Memorial Park at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, Helenâ€™s family requests donations be made in her memory to Hospice Austin to acknowledge the quality of care and support they provided in the last months of her life.
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home â€“ (512) 452-8811. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com