INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Helen R. Proctor, 86, a founder of the Indian Rocks Beach Library and Indian Rocks Beach Area Historical Society, died April 4, 2014.
Proctor was the editor of the Indian Rocks Pictorial History Book, a member of the Civic Association, Action 2000, Clearwater Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Belleair Republican Women’s Club and American Contract Bridge League. She was a precinct clerk for Indian Rocks Beach for many years.
Helen and her husband Frank, a former Indian Rocks Beach mayor, were grand marshals of the Indian Rocks Beach Christmas Parade in 2000.
Commissioner Terry Hamilton Wollin said at the commission’s April 8 meeting that Proctor was one of city’s pioneers.
“She was just a really good woman. So we’ll miss her,” Hamilton Wollin said.
Mayor R.B. Johnson said Proctor and her husband were heavily involved in Indian Rocks Beach activities for a long time.
“Helen was a really nice woman,” Johnson said.
She was one of the friendliest people visitors could imagine when they asked for something at the library, he said.
“I know a lot of people around the city are really going to miss her,” Johnson said.
Proctor was born in Fayetteville, Ark., May 19, 1927. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, Cum Laude, with a bachelor of science in business administration.
Helen was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Mortar Board. She was one of the first winners of the Phiefer Scholarship awarded at the university. She graduated from the Army Language School at the Presidio of Monterey with a certificate in Spanish. Helen lived in Japan, Germany, and Guatemala with Frank during his 30-year Army career. The couple recently celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.
She is survived by her husband, Ret. U.S. Army Col. Frank D. Proctor, three children, Gary D., Granbury, Texas; Holly L. Messinger, Fort Myers; and Dana J. Clayton, Gainesville; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.