December 11, 1988
Helen Martin King died in Fayetteville (Washington County); she is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville (Independence County). During her lifetime, she revived the ancient art of rug hooking and is credited with thousands of original designs. She taught classes on the subject at colleges, adult education programs, and neighborhood gatherings. She was covered in Life and National Geographic magazines and served as a consultant with the Putnam Dye Company and the Dorr Mills of New England.