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 www.horizoncremation.com.