Helen Alcott Clayton

August 31, 1936September 10, 2019

Helen Alcott Clayton, age 83, passed away 10 September 2019 at Aspire Physical Recovery Center in Vestavia Hills, after a prolonged illness with PSP. She was born on August 31, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Washington High School in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1954 and served in the US Air Force. She attended Huntington College, then worked as a legal secretary and administrative assistant. She retired from the Alabama Supreme Court System in 2001.

She is preceded in death by her parents Earl Alcott and Ruby Hobart Alcott Kutina, brothers Mike Alcott and Frank Alcott, son Brian Keith Clark, daughters-in-law Carole Clark and Dolores Barrow and stepson Kimball Clayton.

Helen is survived by her husband Billy Clayton; sister Sharon (Bob) Checkalski; brothers Terry Kutina, Lonny (Linda) Kutina, Larry Alcott, Tom (Dianna) Alcott, and Louise Alcott; children Greg Clark, Karen (Dave) Heymann, and Gary Clark, stepchildren Seth (Lori) Clayton, Roger (Jennifer) Clayton, Jamie Clayton, Karsten Clayton, Lorria (Dave) Becker, and Galen Clayton; grandchildren Scott Clark, Whitney Clark, Jessica Heymann, Jordan Heymann, Joey Clark, and Will Clark; eighteen stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Helen was a loving wife and mother, and embraced everyone with open arms. She loved ballroom, country, and line dancing, and teaching it to others. She also enjoyed growing beautiful flowers, spending time with children, parties, and traveling. After she and Billy retired, they taught ballroom dancing on twenty-six cruises.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 14, at 11:00 am at Dalraida UMC. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, September 14, 2019


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Sharon Alcott Checkalski

September 11, 2019

My sister Helen was 14 years older than me so I didn't get to grow up with her after the age of 5, but I always looked up to her and longed to see her. I lived in Mn and she lived in Alabama. After we did get to see each other, I would cry every time after we parted, even the last time this past Feb. To all the children out there that were lucky enough to hear her sing " the ice cream song" , I want you to know she sang it to me too, back in the early 1950's. She sang many songs to me and combed my long curly hair into sausage curls. I will miss and love Helen until I see her again in Heaven! Watch for me sis!!!