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Helene Wilkins

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Helene A. Wilkins 1919 - 2011 MANCHESTER, VT Helene Agnes (West) Wilkins, 92, of Manchester passed away peacefully on Friday morning, July 15, 2011. She was born on Jan. 19, 1919 in Manchester to Harriet (West) McEckron and was raised by her grandmother, Mary Ann West. Helene had been a longtime resident of Manchester, where she attended the Center School and the Burr and Burton Seminary. She was employed by the Arkell Estate for 47 years and by the Ekwanok Country Club for many years prior to her retirement. Helene was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Manchester. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Janice and William Coolidge of Rutland; three sisters: Rose Waytkus, Katherine Leary and Charlotte Jones; six grandchildren: Robert Wilkins, Victoria Conley, Cynthia Wilkins, Andrew Wilkins, Gregory Coolidge and Stephanie Perkins; 14 great-granchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Wilkins, in 1987; son Kenneth "Butch" Wilkins in 2006; life-long friend Harold Waters in 2006; and siblings John, Gladys, Marjorie, Harold, Raymond, Harriet, Frances, George and Norma. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service in celebration of Helene's life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Manchester, VT on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 3:00. Arrangements are by the ALDOUS FUNERAL HOME. www.aldousfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, Helene's family requests that you kindly donate to the First Baptist Church of Manchester, 4895 Main St., Manchester Center, VT 05255 www.fbcmanvt.org

Published in Bennington Banner from July 16 to July 19, 2011
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