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Helen Frances Graber

August 18, 2009
Pine Island Eagle
Helen Frances Graber, 49, of Matlacha, FL died at her residence on Aug.

14, 2009 after battling 20 years of illness and pain.

She was born to William G. and Kathleen F. (Preston) Graber on Feb. 2,

1960 in Louisville, KY. Helen moved to Matlacha in 2003 to be close to her

only child and her grandchildren.

She was formerly from Clarksville, IN. where she spent many years working

as an LPN caring for others. Her caring did not stop with her work, she

was known for her open heart and open door policy. Many times she provided

a needed refuge for countless teenagers that had nowhere else to go and no

one else that cared. She made sure all had a warm place to stay, food to

eat and most of all someone who cared

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Lynne Scalf, son-in-law, Stephen

S. Scalf, grandchildren, Ashlynne Jade Scalf and Stephen Sebastian Scalf, of Bokellia. Other survivors include brothers, Norman D. Graber of

Tuscon, AZ. and George P. Graber of Matlacha and a sister, Patricia L.

Murphy also of Matlacha.

She was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Billy (Apple)

Graber who died in 1979.

Funeral services will be held privately for the family. In lieu of

flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Children's Advocacy Center of

Southwest Florida, 3830 Evans Ave., Ft. Myers, FL, 33901. Friends may sign

the guest book for the family at



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