Helen Trotter, 101, of Fort Scott, died early Wednesday morning April 7, 2010 at the Fort Scott Manor.
She was born November 7, 1908 in Fulton, Kan., the daughter of Harley R. and Mary E. (Turley) Trotter.
She attended the Union Center Grade School and participated in West Liberty United Methodist Church activities.
She graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1925, and then from Fort Scott Junior College. She was active in 4-H during those years and won numerous prizes at the Bourbon County Fair.
She was also involved with piano lessons and served as Church Pianist.
Her mother passed away in 1936, and her father continued to live at the family farm in Fulton until they sold the farm in 1950 and moved 1402 S. National in Fort Scott.
She acquired her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Kansas and taught Mathematics and Business in high schools in Franklin County, Ellis County, and Highland Park in Topeka. She earned her Master's Degree in Business Education during those years by taking summer courses at Pittsburg State College and Colorado State Teachers College at Greeley.
She retired from teaching in 1961 and spent her time adventuring with her Father. One notable trip took them up the west coast from Mexico to Canada with brief visits at various points along the way with various relatives and friends.
After her father's death in 1968, Helen continued to live at the home on National until 1994 when she sold the house and moved into the Presbyterian Village.
Helen was a member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church, and later transferred her membership to the First United Methodist Church in Fort Scott. She was active in Vacation Bible School and United Methodist Women.
Other memberships and activities include: O.E.S. Violet Chapter (received her 75 year pin in 2002), Kansas Business Teachers Association in which she served as State President, Fidelis Deo No. 6 White Shrine of Jerusalem; elected Worthy Scribe for 15 years, appointed Worthy Herald numerous years, received the first Miriam Award in 1994, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Teachers; charter member and Past President of Sigma chapter of Shawnee County, Parliamentarian of Phi State, and transferred to Alpha Eta chapter of Fort Scott; served as Treasurer for 25 years, Bourbon County Retired Teachers, National Education Association, Hammond Busy Bee Club; past Secretary-Treasurer.
Helen was one of three Kansas business Teachers chosen to attend a seminar at Mt. Clair University of New York.
After her retirement, she took part-time employment as office manager and bookkeeper for the Premium Line Co. operated by Fort Scott Printing and Advertising Co.
Helen is survived by several cousins, and numerous dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Rev. Paul Babcock will conduct funeral services 10:30 a.m. Friday April 9, 2010 at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the West Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the first United Methodist Church or Presbyterian Village and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.
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