Helen Houston Obituary

Helen  Houston
Helen Houston

August 23, 2014
Resided in Alaska


After a long and colorful life, Helen Houston died peacefully, at age 93, in Anchorage, Alaska, on Aug. 23, 2014. Born on May 1, 1921, in Chappell, Neb., to John and Jessie Richards. Helen Marie Richards was a spirited child. Her Nebraskan childhood was always her touchstone. At Kearney State Teachers College during the early years of WWII, she met and married a handsome young officer, Clyde Coulter "Pat" Houston. The Houstons settled in Spokane, Wash., where their three children were born. In 1961, the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where Helen's teaching vocation evolved; she taught grade school, earned a masters in art education and became district Art Consultant. One of Helen's proudest achievements was her television series, "The Art Attic," shown in many Alaskan classrooms to inspire kids and teachers to discover and create art. Helen herself had a strong creative side; she recreated her suburban home as a light-filled, original sanctuary filled with treasures from her many travels. Helen advocated yoga, meditation and vegetarianism. She loved Alaska and volunteered for the Anchorage Concert Association, Symphony and KSKA. Helen was a loving and inspiring mother, and wonderful friend and mentor to many. A legendary correspondent, she was adept at making new friends while keeping the old. Helen inspired many a young artist and was in turn cared for tenderly in later years by special friends, neighbors and helpers from Home Instead and Marlow Manor. Her life will live on through those whose lives she touched. Helen is preceded in death by son, Patrick Bruce; and brother, John Boyd Richards II. She is survived by daughters, Robin Jennings of Anchorage, Alaska, and Nancy (Larry) Eister of Vashon, Wash.; her grandchildren, Zachary and Aaron Jennings and Leah, Justine and Rowan Eister; as well as six great-grandchildren. She will be buried in Chappell, Neb., near her parents and brothers, as was her wish. A celebration of Helen's life will be held in Anchorage this summer; for details email eisterisland@comcast.net. "Living Well Is An Art" Arrangements by Cremation Society of Alaska, www.alaskacremation.com.

To plant a tree in memory of Helen Houston, please visit our Tribute Store.