Shackelford, Helen Metzger was born on January 16, 1928 in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States. Daughter of Harry H. and Gertrude Makin (Perry) Metzger.
Student, Northwestern University, 1946. Student, Art Institute of Chicago, 1947. Student, University Arizona, 1948.
Founder, president Heard Museum Guild, Phoenix, 1956-1959. Board directors Junior League of Phoenix, since 1957, Golden Gate Settlement, since 1950, Girls Ranch Samaritan Auxiliary, since 1950, Mental Health Association, since 1950. Founder Orpheum Theatre Foundation, Phoenix, since 1987.
Consultant Arizona exhibit Phoenix Zoo. Member We. Art Association, University Arizona Alumni Association (Outstanding Alumni 1987).