Obituary: Helen Maxine Wyatt


Helen Maxine Wyatt passed away Dec. 29, 2020, at the age of 93.

She was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Huff, Arkansas in Independence County to Elmer Lee Tate and Maude Alice Swaim Tate.

Maxine grew up in a rural area with her mother after losing her father and two-year-old sister when she was age four.

Maxine attended Pleasant Plains School and graduated in 1946. She was married on Jan. 17, 1947, for 67 years to her late husband, Crawford A. “Joe” Wyatt. They had one child, Dr. Kenny J. Wyatt.

After moving to Mountain View where Joe opened a pharmacy, Maxine became very active in the Ozark Folk Festival where she and her dear late friend, Nell Tapley, were in charge of the window decorating contest until age influenced them to retire. She was active in her EHC Club and Foothills Baptist Church for many years. In 2008 a scholarship was created by the Ozarka Foundation in honor of Joe and Maxine Wyatt. They were both passionate about education opening the doors to the future of young people.

Maxine is survived by her son, Dr. Kenny Wyatt, and wife, Lynne of Mountain View, and a host of family and friends. She will be greatly missed by many.

A small graveside service will be held at Kyler Cemetery, 1498 Kyler Road, near Batesville on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Paul Coy officiating. Masks and social distancing will be observed.

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