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Helen Hester Austin
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Obituary for Helen Hester Austin

DURHAM: Helen Austin, 80, passed away on July 20, 2017 at Pruitt Health in Durham. She was born in Orange Co. to the late Walter Edward Hester and Sadie Isabelle Yates Hester. In addition to her parents, she was recently predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Frank Austin.

Mrs. Austin retired as the Executive Assistant to the Orange County Schools Superintendent. She loved music and played the piano at Palmer’s Grove United Methodist Church for 52 years, and directed the choir for 40 years. She continued to sing in the choir while she was still able. She loved vacationing in the mountains with her family.

Mrs. Austin is survived by her son, Billy Austin (Myra); brother, Willis Hester (Thelma); sister, Linda Hester Johnson (Wayne); grandchildren, Curtis Austin, Chase Austin; great-grandchildren, Spencer, Nicholas, and Gauge; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday, July 24 at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:45 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Palmer’s Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Palmer’s Grove United Methodist Church General Fund; 1211 Palmers Grove Church Rd; Hillsborough, NC 27278.

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Visitation Prior to the Service




9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Funeral Service Following Visitation




11:00 AM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Cemetery Details


Palmer's Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery

1211 Palmer's Grove Church Rd.
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Memorial Contribution

Palmer's Grove United Methodist Church

1211 Palmer's Grove Church Road
Hillsborough, NC

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