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HELEN LOUISE MEYER CLOTHIER March 5, 1920 - December 29, 2012 The daughter of Alf and Anna Meyer, passed peacefully from this life to eternal glory on December 29th, following a brief illness. She will join her parents, three brothers and two sisters and her husband, A. Ted Clothier, son, Robert Meyer Clothier, and significant other Robert David. She is survived by her daughter, Connie Clothier Austin and son-in-law, Luciano A. Santa Cruz of Santa Fe, daughter, Dawn Haslanger and son-in-law, Robert of Bainbridge Island, Washington; three grand children, Nicole Austin and husband, John Puhr of Austin, Texas, Keely Austin and husband, Todd Bugg of Bloomington, Illinois, and Laila James of Santa Fe. She also leaves behind two great granddaughters, Alex Brenna and Evan Cossette Austin-Puhr; one step-grandson, Elias Haslanger from Austin, Texas; and, two sisters Maxine Schrock and Corinne Betty both of Kiowa, Kansas. Helen, 92 years old lived a wonderful life. Born on a wheat farm in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, the sixth of eight children she attended rural schools in Burlington, Oklahoma and received many awards for her scholarship and elocution. She graduated from Burlington High School where she was a member of the basketball and tennis teams. She met her first love, Ted Clothier in high school. They married on August 31,1940, and remained happily married for 68 years, Helen enjoyed traveling at home and abroad. She accompanied Ted to Stavanger, Norway for three months and after their retirement joined 15 Elderhostel trips to London, Brazil, France, Switzerland as well as, numerous states. As a beneficent young wife, Helen joined the WWII war effort by becoming a riveter at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Tulsa. A wonderful mother, Helen was involved in her children's school and extra-curricular activities. She was especially fond of her work with the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. After 16 years in Houston, Texas, where Ted worked as a geologist/petroleum engineer with Exxon, they retired to Harrison, they were active at the First Christian Church where they both sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. In Harrison, she was a volunteer at the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center and the Skyline Heights Elementary School-for which she secured financial grants from the Exxon-Mobile Corporation. Following Ted's death, Helen moved to Santa Fe to live near her daughter, Connie. She became a resident of Ponce De Leon and continued to be socially and physically active. She won four Gold Medals in the 2009 Senior Olympics. At Ponce she met her significant other, Bob David. They spent their last four years together travelling and enjoying life. Helen will be remembered fondly and missed by many. A memorial service will be held at Ponce De Leon Today, Thursday, January 3rd at 2:30 p.m. The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to the Memorial Fund, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, where she was a member.