Saturday, April 30, 2016 Helen Isabel Muir (1921-1981)

Helen Isabel Muir was born on 19 August 1921 in Seattle, Washington, to Alexander Muir and Bertha Cloren. She was their second child and her father was a fireman for the city of Seattle.  Her father was injured on the job and the family moved to Island County, Washington, about 1924. Helen's mother died in 1929 following a difficult pregnancy and delivery. Her father moved the family back to Seattle in 1930 and became a fire inspector for the fire department.

Helen attended the University of Washington in Seattle in 1940 and lived with her widowed father and younger sister. She graduated in 1942 from the Arts and Sciences program and was a vice president of Gamma Alpha Chi. The purpose of the organization was to give practical training with the help of professionals to aid in eventually establishing an advertising school at the University.

Helen Muir, University of Washington Senior Class photograph; University
of Washington Tyee

Helen married Roy Frank Potter on 2 January 1943 in Phenix City, Alabama. At the time of her marriage she lived at 2901 North Fulton Drive in Atlanta, Georgia, and Roy was stationed at Ft. Benning, in nearby Chattahoochie County, Georgia.

According to my grandmother's genealogy notebook, the couple had two sons:
  1. Matthew Potter
  2. Andrew Potter
I have been unable to trace the sons to date.

When Helen's father died in 1957, she and Roy lived in Riverside, California. Helen Isabel (Muir) Potter died on 25 February 1981 in Whatcom County, Washington. Her remains were cremated.

'Helen Muir Senior Class Photograph,'
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: 2494; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0044; Image: 350.0; FHL microfilm: 2342228
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: T627_4379; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 40-174
Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook, page 24
Global, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Memorial No. 157606656
US, Alabama Marriage Collection, 1800-1969, 1943 Muir, Helen I. 

US, Alabama Marriage License Record, 1943 Potter, Roy F. - Muir, Helen I.
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1940 Seattle, WA (Helen Muir)
US, School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, 1940 University of Washington Tyee, pages 151 and 385
US, School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, 1941 University of Washington Tyee, pages 178, 599 and 823
US, School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, 1942 University of Washington Tyee, pages 64, 85, 340, 502, 757 and 809

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