Laura Helen DeShazo Hylen, 97, died September 19, 2016 in Webster Groves, Missouri. Born December 4, 1918 in Birmingham, Alabama, Helen was the daughter of Manon and Coralie DeShazo. She was raised near Leeds, Alabama. She completed her nursing training at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham and worked as registered nurse through much of her life.
While in Birmingham, she married Robert Cleveland Miller. His job took them to Honolulu, Hawaii and then nine years later to the St. Louis, Missouri area where they lived many years, raising their children, Helene and Bob, in Webster Groves.
Following the divorce, Helen returned to Leeds, Alabama where she met and married high school friend Abboth Hawkins. Following his death, she moved to the Eagle/Boise area to be near her brother, Bob (RV) DeShazo. While there, she remarried.
She was a member of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church and formerly a member of Eagle United Methodist Church and other churches wherever she lived. She participated in bible study groups and choir at many of those churches. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Chapter #66 in Meridian and Golden Kiwanis in Boise. She enjoyed fishing, bridge, reading, travel and time with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Ira, Manon, and Robert V. DeShazo; sister LaVerne Wilkinson; and husbands Abboth Hawkins, Robert Morley and Everett Hylen.
She is survived by daughter Helene R. Miller, Liberty, Missouri; son Robert A. Miller, Rock Hill, Missouri; grandson Robert Charles Miller, granddaughter Jennifer Marie Miller, great-granddaughter Jessica Louise Ferger; several nieces and nephews including Robert, Marianne, Richard, and Thomas DeShazo and Elizabeth Allen in the Boise area, and other family members throughout the U.S.
Visitation will be September 24, 2016,10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Eagle United Methodist Church. The funeral will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Dry Creek Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Webster Groves (Missouri) Presbyterian Church or Eagle (Idaho) United Methodist Church.
1918 ~ 2016