Helyn G. Collison, businesswoman

She had founded a secretarial and typing business

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September 09, 2014|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Helyn G. Collison, a founder of a secretarial and typing business who later went into real estate sales, died Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from a seizure. She was 85.

The daughter of Horace Baylor Hatton, a vice president of Sealtest Dairy, and Hester Yingling Hatton, a homemaker, Helyn Genevieve Hatton was born and raised in Overlea.

She was a 1946 graduate of Eastern High School. During the 1940s, she worked as a secretary for Standard Lime & Stone Co. and later for McCormick & Co. She also studied voice at the Peabody Institute.

Mrs. Collison held a variety of other jobs, including working in Baltimore County public schools as a substitute teacher from 1961 to 1966.

From 1966 to 1970, she was a counselor and later manager of Eastern Employment Service. In 1970, she established Collison's Careers, an employment and secretarial service, in the Fidelity Building in downtown Baltimore, which she continued operating until 1986.

Mrs. Collison also earned a real estate license and worked from 1977 to 1979 for Charles H. Steffey Inc. and from 1979 to 1981 for Russell Baker.

In 1981, she became director of customer service at Loudon Park Cemetery and from 1988 to 1989, she was a sales agent at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

The Mays Chapel resident began working in 1989 for the National Safety Association, a manufacturer of water and air filters, before retiring some years ago.

Mrs. Collison was an avid genealogist and a member of the Maryland Genealogical Society, Baltimore County Genealogical Society, Baltimore County Historical Society and Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.

"She was the author of two books on Middlesex County, Va.," said her daughter, Lesleigh Collison Kelly of New Freedom, Pa.

Services will be held at noon Wednesday at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Collison is survived by a sister, Thelma Hatton Preisinger of Bel Air. Her son, Russell David "Rusty" Collison, died in 1971. Her marriage ended in divorce.


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