Helen M. Guyton

May 21, 2013

WATERTOWN, N.Y.  —   Helen M. Guyton, 89, formerly of Cooper Street, Watertown, passed May 21, at the Samaritan Keep Nursing Home where she had been a resident.

The funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Hart & Bruce Funeral Home. Burial will follow in North Watertown Cemetery.

Calling hours will precede the service from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Born Dec. 24, 1923, in Watertown, the daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Laurine Fraley Bates, she graduated in January 1942 from Watertown High School.

She then went to work at the Agricultural Insurance Co. from 1942 to 1977 and then worked for New York Casualty Company which later became known as the Phoenix General Insurance Company from 1977 to 1986, retiring in 1986.

She married Albert W. Guyton, originally from Georgia, on Oct. 27, 1945, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, while he was serving with the Army at Pine Camp.

The couple resided on Cooper Street up until 2004. She then resided with her daughter and son-in-law.

Mr. Guyton was a truck driver for several local companies. He died in May 1987.

Among her survivors are two sons and their wives, Alan Guyton of Watertown, and David and Suzanne Guyton, Lockport; a daughter, Anne L. Wallace, Watertown; a brother and his wife, James and Kathleen Bates, Clayton; a brother-in-law and his wife, Charles and Mary Ellen Barrett, St. Cloud, Minn.; 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A son, James W. Guyton, died in 2006, a daughter, Lynne Shettleton died in 1999, a brother, William Bates died in 1996, and a sister, Marilyn Barrett died in 1996.

She enjoyed knitting and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 120 Washington St. #419, Watertown, NY 13601.

Information provided by Hart & Bruce Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.