Attached is a photo of King Fount Elliott (1897-1972, son of Fountain "Fount" Alexander Elliott 1861-1955 and Martha Josephine "Mattie" Murrell (1869-1951) and his wife Helen Hook Elliott (about 1903 - 2004). King was in the Corsicana High School Class of 1914, Helen was in the Class of 1922. King & Helen are buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.
Helen Hook - Corsicana High School
Class of 1922.
OBITUARY - Corsicana Daily Sun, July 20, 2004
Helen Elliott, 99, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Memorial services will 10:30 a.m. July 31 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Dr. Robert Young officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
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Jaime Teas Dilger - July 2003
7/25/2004 - Corsicana Daily Sun Obituaries
Helen Hook Elliott
Helen Hook Elliott, 99, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2004, at Westminster
Presbyterian Church with Dr. Robert Young officiating.
Helen Hook was a Texas girl born June 12, 1905, in Corsicana, and traveled during her early years to Sherman, Galveston, and points in between. Her father, "Daddy Hook," was manager in the cotton mill industry and traveled Texas following his job.
Helen graduated from high school in Corsicana and later went on to Ward Belmont in Nashville, Tenn., in 1923 and 1924 for teachers/finishing school. By 1927, still pursuing her quest for higher learning, she attended and received her
bachelor of arts degree at University of Texas in Austin, at a time when few women went to universities. She even traveled to New York City to study art. She stayed in a hotel for women as was the custom, but decided that she liked Texas better and came back to Corsicana.
Throughout her travels in Texas, Helen Hook made many lifelong friends that she
enjoyed and corresponded with them most of her life. Even in her late 80s, she was still drawn to visit her girlfriends of the past in person.
Helen was a loyal and long-standing friend to many. She outlived all of her generation of friends. But she kept adding younger friends to her assortment of friends and companions.
In her later years, she traveled frequently and continued to charm "foreigners" as a Texas proper lady.
Helen's husband, King Elliott, brought Helen another joy of companionship and married life. Through the Elliott family, Helen met and embraced her in-laws especially her most cherished niece, Ann Elliott Flowers. Ann also brought Helen
her two children, Robert and Laurie, to love. In the later years, Helen often spoke of these family members with warmth and joy.
Her friends carried a special place for Helen. They were the people who carried her a wide smile each time they met. Several friends commented that Helen was a good friend and that she loved to have a good time. Some have also commented that she had a wonderful sense of humor including a dry wit.
Between her books, travels, and her close friends, Helen stayed vital.
Helen Elliott had several important principles that were witnessed in her life: Great faith in the potential of the human spirit, forgiveness, acceptance, power
of love for change, personal responsibility, and patience.
She often said that you could tell a true friend whenever you met a person by the width of their smile and yours. She also stressed that each person needed to keep learning new things every day. She wanted to make a mark every day. She tried to remember to cherish every moment. Another lesson she taught was to remember that your friends aren't interested in your troubles. But they are glad to help you get through them.
About money, Helen said: Be careful with your money. Don't sell the big house. Never touch the principle. Be creative. Save, save, save.
She and her husband, King, did look forward about savings and investments long
ago. In their insurance business and apartments, their actions proved a good example to her family. King and Helen provided service and shelter to many Corsicana families and they planned ahead for their own future.
For most of Helen's career, she worked for the state as a needs assessment social worker until she retired in the late 1960s.
Helen had a great sense of humor, loved to read, and was always a lady, always a proper lady.
Survivors include Ann Flowers of Mesquite, Betty Staton of Lindale, Roger Small of LaGrange and JoJo Cluck of Montgomery, Ala.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Westminster Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. 13th St., Corsicana, TX 75110.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.