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Veilleux Funeral Home

8 Elm Street, Waterville, ME

OBITUARY

Helen Carey

March 2, 1932March 12, 2020
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Helen (Fortin) Carey, 88, of Winslow (formerly of Belgrade), passed away March 12th at home surrounded by loved ones. Helen was born in Waterville, Maine on March 2, 1932, the youngest daughter/child of Dan and Cecile (Parent) Fortin. She graduated from Mount Merici Academy in 1950 with a deep love for God and other people, then attended Colby College in Waterville. She met her husband, Richard “Spike” Carey, one New Year’s Eve while on a date with Gerald “Cutch” Couture. Married in 1952, together Helen and Richard raised six children and several cats.

A lifelong public servant, Helen had many jobs through the years to help support her family. She was city clerk in Waterville for many years, often bringing her work home with her on the weekends to help serve more citizens who needed hunting or fishing licenses, even on Mother’s Day! She served as Deputy Registrar of Deeds for Kennebec County where she was loved and respected by lawyers, paralegals, and surveyors from all over. She worked for the LEAP Project where she met and befriended many educators and principals from across the state. She was a supervisor and enumerator for several censuses dating back to 1960.

Helen was a Communicant and Eucharistic Minister at Notre Dame Church (Corpus Christi Parish) in Waterville. She served on the Parish Council and Finance Committee for several years, as well as volunteering as a CCD teacher and Eucharistic Minister to the sick at Thayer Hospital, and in many other capacities. Her faith in God was steadfast, even in the midst of tragedy. She was predeceased by her husband Richard, son Stephen, her parents, her sister Jeanne and niece Celeste Nadeau of Riverside, CA, and longtime companion Buddy, their cat. She is survived by her children: son Michael and wife Jackie of Barre, VT, son Gregory and fiancée Barbara of Waterville, daughter Denise and husband Jack Ducharme of Madison, daughter Martha and husband Alan Thibodeau of Madison, and son Peter and wife Bobbie of Fairfax, VA; seventeen grandchildren: Bradley Carey, Christopher, Elizabeth, and Sean Carey, Jennifer Annett, Denise Corriveau, Taylor and Riley Sinclair, Joseph and Benjamin Ducharme, Jennifer Doherty, Joshua Thibodeau, Cecile Willett, Charlotte and Jessica Thibodeau, Anna and Scarlett Carey; thirty-one great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Jack and wife Mariette Carey and Camille Nadeau, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian farewell will be held on Saturday April 25, 2020 at 11:00am at Notre Dame Church on Silver Street in Waterville, followed by a celebration of life in the parish hall. Burial will follow in the summer of 2020, date to be determined.

The family wants to thank special family friend Delaine Gillis and Northern Light Home Care & Hospice for their warm, compassionate care given to our dear mother. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a hospice group of your choice in Helen’s name so others may encounter peace and compassion in their final days and hours.

Services

25 April

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

Notre Dame Catholic Church

116 Silver St
Waterville, Maine 04901

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Warren Doe

March 21, 2020

I met Helen when we both were involved in rehabilitation after our heart surgery. She and I became great friends and spent several meals together, at my studio. There was always much laughter and joy during her visits. I will miss her.

Dan Breton

March 19, 2020

To the many Carey family members, your loss is a great one and our prayers go out to you. Mrs. Carey was a terrific lady, always making others feel happy for spending time with her. Boy, did she brag on her family. The best visits with her were over coffee and pie at Rebecca’s, or at Panera. She would share wonderful memories of times past living and growing up in Waterville. A true treasure. She’s up there with Spike, still and always smiling.

Kendra Maroon

March 18, 2020

Denise, sad to hear about your moms passing. I have so many wonderful memories of both your parents and my parents together. Helen was always so nice to me when I would come to your house for dinner.

May all of our parents be now at peace.
- Kendra Maroon

Terri Hichborn

March 18, 2020

Mom was a grand lady. I will always remember the laughter when spending time with her and Rosie.

Roberta Dubois

March 18, 2020

Mrs Helen was my neighbor across the street on Sterling St in Waterville. I have many many wonderful memories growing up with her Mr Carey and all their children ♥️ I was blessed to know her my entire childhood and beyond!!! She was an amazing lady and mom with an abundance of love for all who knew her. She was an inspiration for us all to follow. I looked up to her and admired all. She was capable of doing. May she be welcomed to Gods kingdom by her husband and son and her parents and friends. RIP Mrs Helen You will always be in my heart and my memories🙏🏻🌹🙏🏻

Jack Connolly

March 18, 2020

Helen is one of the sweetest, most genuine people it has ever been my pleasure to meet...My sympathies to the family and friends of Helen. R.I.P. I am sure she is dancing with Spike.

Ronald Raymond

March 18, 2020

Absolutely wonderful lady and a joy to work with. RIP Helen. Richard (Spike) is waiting for you.

Tom DeRoche

March 18, 2020

Helen you are now on your final journey to Heaven to be with all the people that assisted in molding your life. We are very sadden by your departure and only wish that we could have enjoyed more quality time together with you. You have always been a very kind and thoughtful person to anyone , and I will miss all our personal conversation about family and whatever. Your memory will be with me forever and I am very grateful to say you are one of my most cherished cousins . Thank you for always being yourself with me , love you forever , will always be in my thoughts.





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