Helen Duke Callison CROBYTON-Memorial services for Helen Duke Callison, 91, of Crosbyton and formerly of Dallas will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Crosbyton. Helen went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton. She was born Helen Danner on Sept. 16, 1922, in Greenville, Texas, to Lawrence and Alma Danner. Following graduation and with a desire to recruit for the United States Marine Corps, Helen enlisted on Feb. 22, 1943, and served her country, valiantly helping to enlist other marines. She was honorably discharged on Oct. 24, 1944, when it was discovered that her brother, Sammie, had been killed in WWII. He was later awarded the Purple Heart. Helen married John H. Duke Sr. in 1944 and they resided in Kansas City, Mo. They had two sons, John H. Duke Jr. and James L. Duke. She enjoyed raising her sons. She was preceded in death by John Duke Sr. in 1969 and by John Duke Jr. on Oct. 9, 1994. After the passing of her husband, John, Helen moved to Dallas and later married businessman Glen Callison on Nov. 6, 1970. At this time Helen worked as a medical transcriber for more than 15 years for a group of five doctors. He preceded her in death on Aug. 29, 1993. Later in life, Helen moved to Crosbyton to join her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Connie Duke. She resided at Reeves-Rhoades Terrace. Helen loved dogs and had several different breeds throughout her life, including schnauzers, Chihuahuas, and shiatsus. She was an avid sports fan, most often watching ESPN. She loved football and had many lively discussions while watching the game. Her favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys. She equally loved baseball and never missed watching a Texas Rangers game. Helen loved reading and devoured several books each week throughout her lifetime. She kept detailed lists of all the many books she read. Helen was thrilled to discover the Crosby County library when she moved to Crosbyton, and was amazed at all it had to offer. Helen is survived by one son, James L. Duke Sr. and wife Connie of Crosbyton, Texas; one stepdaughter, Beverly Callison of Hollywood, Calif.; five grandchildren, James L Duke Jr. of Rockwall, Texas; Tracey Duke Ross of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Brian Duke of Hudson, Fla.; Shonnie Stapp of Round Rock, Texas; Toni Byrge of Houston, Texas, and 12 great-grandchildren. The family would like to give a big thanks to Reeves-Rhoades Terrace for their generosity and kindness while taking care of Helen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crosby County Library, 114 Aspen, Crosbyton, TX 79322.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Oct. 17, 2013