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Helen Matthews Obituary
Helen Matthews September 2, 1947 - June 12, 2012 Helen Halloran Matthews, 64, passed away peacefully in her home on June 12, 2012 after a two and a half year battle with a very rare form of cutaneous t-cell lymphoma. She is survived by her husband John and children Kathleen, Flynn, and Kevin. Helen was the oldest of seven children, born September 2, 1947 in Bakersfield to Dr. Philip Halloran and Patricia Moran. The family soon moved to the Los Angeles area where Helen attended Marymount High School and graduated from USC with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She lived and practiced in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas before returning to Bakersfield in the mid 1970s where she met her husband John, a petroleum geologist. Helen and John were married in Ojai, CA in 1980 and moved shortly thereafter to Midland, TX where all three of their children were born. The family returned to California in 1987 and settled back in Bakersfield in 1994 after briefly working in Ventura and Santa Maria. Helen continued to practice dental hygiene and found her true passion as a volunteer at St. Philips Parish where she helped organize the music for the Sonrise Singers group, ERE, and Vacation Bible School. She also served as an Eucharistic Minister and was employed part time to help coordinate the Music Ministry as a whole. In addition to her immediate family, Helen is survived by 6 of her siblings Anne, Mark, Sheila, Tim and Tara MacHarg, stepsiblings Bill Jakubowski and Caroline Tucker, stepmother Anne-Marie Halloran, and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen's memorial service, followed by a luncheon reception, will be held on Friday, June 29 at 10 AM at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 7100 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93309. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the St. Philip's Music Ministry at the above address. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from June 26 to June 27, 2012
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