February 20, 1933 – October 27, 2020
Helen Ann Laing Bramley of Delhi, NY passed away peacefully at home October 27, 2020. She was 87 years old.
She was born February 20, 1933 in the Franklin St. hospital in Delhi to Cornelia (Connie) Mae Mabon and Merion Robert Laing. She was the eldest of six children and is predeceased by her brothers William James and Gilbert Mabon Laing along with her sister Joyce Cornelia Laing Freyer and brother-in-law David Arthur Leone of Arlington, Mass.
She is survived by her husband John Roland Bramley of 66 years; son James J. Bramley and daughter Marcy (Bramley) Ruggiero; son-in-law Francis Ruggiero and grandchildren Chiara Noelle, Luke Francis, and Nicolette Gianna Ruggiero; sister Linda Grace (Neil) Riddell of Otego NY, and brother Daniel Merion (Sandy) Laing of Bradenton, FL and sisters-in-law Lorna (Bramley) Leone of Arlington, Mass., Ann (Bramley) Laing of Rochester, NY, Doreen (Odell) Laing of Bainbridge, NY and brother-in-law Marty J. Freyer of Sidney, NY as well as numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Helen was IRC Coordinator and Librarian at Delaware Academy for 25 years and prior to that was a teacher at Andes Central School. A graduate of A.L. Kellogg School in Treadwell in 1950, Oneonta State College in 1954, and Master's Degree in Library Sciences at Geneseo State College, NY in 1975. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, an international women educator's society.
She was an avid reader her whole life, loved all books and especially children's books. In her later years she kept her word craft nimble as a master crossword puzzle solver. In retirement, she served three terms on the Board of Trustees of the Cannon Free Library.
Married in the Meridale Presbyterian Church in 1954, Helen and John moved to their present home in 1957. She began working at the Andes Central School while John worked at Bramley Insurance Co. After she retired in 1989, they travelled to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas.
Being a grandmother was Helen's greatest joy for the last 20 years. An excellent cook, especially in baking cookies and pies, she shared many hours in the kitchen with her grandchildren.
Helen loved playing cards and was a member of numerous bridge and card clubs up to her passing. Anyone who played with her knew her competitive nature. In pitch, Helen had the ability to win even with a mediocre hand.
Descended from the Mayflower pilgrims, Helen had a keen interest in history. She collected antique dolls and area postcards. A book of her Delhi postcard collection was published by the Delhi Historical Society, where she was a member. She also volunteered at the Delaware County Historical Society for many years.
Helen and John are lifetime members of the Presbyterian Church, United Ministry in Delhi. The family thanks relatives, friends and neighbors for their love and support. Helen lived a full life to the end, and it is with gratitude and remorse we share this news.
To leave a condolence for the family online, please visit www.bennettfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.
Judy and Harvey Morse
November 8, 2020
She was our 6th grade and everyone’s favorite teacher in Andes; a wonderful lady!
November 5, 2020
So sorry to hear of Helen's passing! She was such a kind and gracious lady. So glad I got to know her.
Ron & Shirley Shaw
November 4, 2020
We were very sorry to hear of Helen's passing she was a very warm and special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to John, Jimmy and Marcy and the family.
Ron & Shirley Shaw
November 3, 2020
Laughter, joy, generosity. Our memories of Aunt Helen are filled with these things. I treasure all the times we listened to stories and laughed and all the family get-togethers. Here’s to Aunt Helen, Uncle Bill, Aunt Joyce and Dad. We so miss you and your laughter!
November 2, 2020
To the loving of family of Helen,
Tom and I wish to send our deepest sympathy to a wonderful woman and she will be missed forever.
Jean and Tom
November 1, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. We have such wonderful memories of Helen sharing her doll collection with us and she always had cookies in the cookie jar.
My kids will always remember her for giving them their first Nancy Drew Mystery Books. She shared her love of reading with them and forever impacted their lives. She always had a sweet smile and kind word for everyone. People like her you don’t find everyday, she will surely be missed by so many people. ❤️
Gary & Kim Oliver
October 30, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of the loss to your family. She was always such a happy person to talk to! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
October 29, 2020
Our deepest sympathy at the loss of Helen. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Bill and Teresa Sears