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Helen Adele Tackett

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Helen Adele Tackett Obituary
Helen Adele Tackett Born: October 13, 1926 in Dallas Texas Died: January 20, 2013 in Austin Texas She was the daughter of the late Thomas N. Tackett, Jr. and Helen Burt Tackett. As a youth, Helen in lived Emory, Texas, where her family owned a mercantile store. The family later moved to Greenville, Texas, where Helen was co-valedictorian of her high school graduating class in 1944. She enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin's Plan II Honors program in the College of Arts and Sciences, from which she graduated in 1948, having earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. As a UT student she was active in the Chi Omega sorority and other campus groups, including Mortar Board and Orange Jackets. After graduating in 1948, Helen edited the Alcalde, alumni magazine of the UT Ex-Students Association, before joining the staff of UT's News and Information Service, where she worked as a writer and held the position of assistant director. She retired in 1990. Among her interests were cats and calligraphy. Over the years she was the doting owner of a succession of cats. An interest in calligraphy manifested itself in Helen's annual hand-lettering (in Old English script) of the names of UT liberal arts students chosen to receive Phi Beta Kappa certificates. Helen was a dedicated supporter of UT sports and attended both Longhorn football and Lady Longhorn basketball games. She also was an avid fan of Broadway theater productions. Helen was a long-time member of the University Presbyterian Church, where she served both as a deacon and elder and where her memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23, at 3 p.m. at 2203 San Antonio Street, Austin. Her ashes will be interred at a later date at the Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney, Texas, where her parents and grandparents are buried. Immediate survivors include her sister-in-law Marlene Sowers Tackett, niece Elise Tackett of Lockhart, nephew William Jefferson Tackett of Houston, niece Nerissa Tackett-Cusick of New York, and several great nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be sent to the University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio, Austin, Texas 78705. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 17, 2013
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