Helen Lou Cantrell was born in Magoffin County, KY. At the age of four she
moved to Durbin and around eight or nine to Ashland, KY. She graduated from
Ashland Senior High in 1950. The same year, she married Earl Hunt Jr. and they
had three daughters and twin sons who are now grown. Earl suffered a fatal
heart attack in 1991.
In 1969 Helen started Ashland Community College and graduated from Morehead
State University in 1971 with a BA and a minor in Art. She also received her
MA in Education from Morehead State University in 1971-Rank I in Kindergarten
and Reading specialist.
Helen has taught school for the Greenup County Board of Education for 25
years. She is currently substituting for Greenup, Ashland and Fairview Schools
and has taught Acrylic Painting to children at the YMCA for over ten years.
The organizations she belongs to are many including the following: Greenup
County Education Association, (President) Eastern KY Education Association,
Kentucky Education Association and the National Education Association. She was
voted delegate many times to all of these and was on several committees
including Compliance and Constitution and currently serves on the Board for
Kentucky Retired Teachers. She has also held offices in all of the following
clubs: American Business Women's Association, Flatwoods Poetry Society,
Kentucky State Poetry Assoc., Kentucky Creative Arts Club and is the current
Secretary in the KYOWA Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Her awards include: ABWA "Woman of the Year", Best newsletter in
Eastern KY presented by KEA and Personalities of the South, Who's Who in Women
of the World.
If that's not enough, Helen has also painted around twenty murals in
schools, homes and a church. She loves to travel and has visited thirteen
countries and many states. Her other works include: Life Is But A
Journey-Poetry; Ode to Jesse Stuart-complied poems by others; and
Hamilton/Cantrell Genealogy (8 1/2X 11 hardback with 730 pages and over 3,000
photographs; and most recently Poetry Within.