Helen M. Guyton, 89, of Watertown

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Helen M. Guyton, 89, formerly of Cooper St., Watertown, passed May 21, 2013 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 the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the N. Watertown Cemetery.

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

Born on December 24, 1923 in Watertown, NY, daughter of the late Benjamin H. & Laurine Fraley Bates, she graduated from Watertown High School in January of 1942.

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

She married Albert W. Guyton, originally from Georgia, on October 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 May of 1987.

Among her survivors are two sons and a daughter in laws, Alan Guyton of Watertown, David & Suzanne Guyton of Lockport, NY, a daughter, Anne L. Wallace of Watertown, a brother and sister in law, James & Kathleen Bates of Clayton, a brother in law and his wife, Charles and Mary Ellen Barrett, St. Cloud, MN; 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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY
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