Helen Stump

December 21, 1934October 14, 2021

Helen Quijano Stump of Orleans, Massachusetts passed peaceably early Thursday morning, October 14, 2021. She was the wife of Merv Stump and the daughter of Johnny and Ceferina Quijano. In addition to Merv, Helen is survived by her son Steve; his wife Nelly; and two Granddaughters, Jamie and Ally.

Helen was born in 1934 in Manila, Philippines. Until 1942 she lived what she described as an idyllic life playing in her huge yard with her 3 brothers. Unfortunately, WWII and the Japanese occupation brought this to an abrupt end and 3 years of hardship, anxiety and fear followed. However, she loved telling the story of the arrival of the American GI’s who freed them from the Japanese occupation and escorted them to freedom in a US Army camp. Shortly thereafter her father sent the family to San Francisco. Here, she attended Washington High School and after graduation returned to Manila to attend the University of the Philippines. Following graduation from UP she came to Boston for grad school and received degrees from both Boston University and Simmons College. She subsequently began a career as a psychotherapist and maintained a private practice in Poughkeepsie, NY for over 30 years. She took great pride in having achieved the status of “Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association” but was always happiest working with families or children. She and Merv retired to Cape Cod and have since split their time between the Cape and Princeton, NJ where their son and granddaughters live.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (Info on donating to the Foundation may be found at A celebration of life will be planned for a future date.


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Margaret Kiser Culbertson

October 19, 2021

Merv & Steve-- we mourn the loss of Helen and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate such a significant loss. When I think of joyful people, I will always remember Helen and the way she could just light up a room with her joyful, kind and loving spirit. With much love, Margaret Ann.