Fri, July 19

Killebrew named Unsung Hero

Helen Killebrew (right) received her award from Chip Davis. She was nominated by Betty Gaudy.

Helen Killebrew (right) received her award from Chip Davis. She was nominated by Betty Gaudy.

What sets apart many people that are nominated for the Unsung Hero of the Month and the actual recipients of the awards are several things, one being someone who volunteers for multiple organizations and events. Betty Gaudy, president of the Verde Valley Historical Society, pointed out one such volunteer: Helen Killebrew. She is a volunteer for both the Verde Historical Society and the Clemenceau Heritage Museum.

Helen performs a variety of duties, from office and paper work to organizing events such as the March Volunteer luncheon, the Verde River Days in September and Early Settlers Day in October. She is a chairperson for the Zeke Taylor BBQ and you can always expect to see the Verde Historical Society’s beautifully decorated float, thanks in part to Helen, in the Christmas Parade every year.

Currently, Helen and Helga Freund are working on a book, “Cottonwood” through Arcadia Publishing. This will help to make Cottonwood and Clemenceau known to residents and visitors of the upper Verde area. How she has found time to put together a book, considering all the time and work that Helen puts into planning the various annual events and her other duties, nobody knows.

Helen received her plaque on the wintry morning of Nov. 10 on the “Mark in the Morning show” presented by Supervisor A. G. “Chip” Davis.

If you have an Unsung Hero in mind, contact Supervisor Davis’ office at (928) 639-8110 or email Each winner will be asked to select a song to be played on the radio, receive a certificate, and have an article put in the local newspapers.

The radio show was simultaneously video taped by the Yavapai Broadcasting Company. The video is available for viewing at