Mrs. Helen Louise (Brooks) Butler, age 79, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her residence in Etoile. She was born on Nov. 14, 1934, in Fort Smith, Ark. to parents Clyne Whitten Brooks and Florene Helen Garrett Brooks. Family and friends are invited to open visitation from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors. Her daughters will be present to receive guests from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitation for Arkansas family and friends will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Ocker-Putman Funeral Home located at 4500 Jenny Lind, Fort Smith, Ark., 72901. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Ocker-Putman Funeral Home in Fort Smith, Ark. with the Rev. Robert Berry officiating. Interment will follow at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 51 years, Merle A. Butler; brother-in-law, Oscar Meadows; and son-in-law, George A. Morrison III. She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Rose Morrison of Nacogdoches, Carrie Swann and husband, Ken of Etoile, Laurie Hendricks and husband, Ron, of Nacogdoches; sister, Nancy Meadows of West Palm Bay, Fla.; brother, Gary Brooks and wife, Rita, of Norman, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews. Helen was a graduate of Fort Smith High School. She married Merle A. Butler on Dec. 24, 1953. She served as secretary and church organist for Bluff Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Ark. from 1965 to 1972. After moving to Nacogdoches, she became the church organist for Memorial Baptist Church from 1990 to 2010 and was the administrative secretary for the Boys and Girls Club until 2010. Helen loved to demonstrate her love for her girls by sewing for them. She also loved and rescued many stray animals from her neighborhood. She had a big heart to take care of those who needed help. Her church was very important to her as organist and secretary but she also demonstrated the love she had for the Lord by sharing her belief with others and walking out her faith. She was an inspirational woman and especially loved her daughters. Memorial donations may be offered to the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County, P.O. Box 631244, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963. Online condolences may be offered at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Apr. 22, 2014