Posted August 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm

August 14, 2012



Helen King Boyer, 92, passed peacefully away on Aug. 6, 2012, while living at Glennon Place Nursing Center.

Helen was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Dec. 16, 1919, daughter of Ernest Wilson and Louise Miller Boyer.

She studied art at the University of Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Technical Institute. Her professional career as artist and printmaker led her to work many places in Pennsylvania and New York, specifically as a plush toy designer, moving to Kansas City in 1960 to work in that capacity. She and her mother also continued with printmaking out of their Northeast home, teaching others the art.

Since April 2012, an exhibition of prints by Helen and her mother has hung in the Lauinger Library Art Gallery at Georgetown University, where Helen donated her family’s works and diaries in the late 1980s.

Her parents and her brother, Taylor M. (“Bipps”) Boyer, preceded her in death. Surviving are a nephew, Steve Boyer, Seattle; a niece, Kathryn Gay of Lexington, Mich.; and a host of friends. She was loved by all who met her.

She requested no services to be held. Her ashes will be spread over the rose garden at Unity Village. Condolences may be expressed at