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Helen Gallant

Helen Gallant grew up in Brooklyn, where when she was not doing chores, she spent time with her friends. They called themselves the "Sufolla Girls" ("all of us" backwards). Helen always wore her hair in braids, until her mother cut them off when she was 16. It was this new haircut that attracted the attention of her neighbor, Sol Gallant, who she married a few years later. Helen and Sol raised two children, Steven and Esta, in New York, while Helen kept the books for Sol's car shop. As their children grew older, Helen and Sol spent more time in the Berkshires and then moved to Stockbridge. In her later years, Helen spent half the year in Delray Beach, FL. After a series of medical problems, Helen had to remain in FL year-round, and spent the rest of her life there. But she always missed the Berkshires. Wherever Helen lived, she always felt most at home in a garden. She was a long- time volunteer "herb associate" at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, as well as tending her own land on Yale Hill. She also volunteered at Tanglewood, and enjoyed walking the country roads, and playing bridge. Helen was never one to hold her tongue, and she could always be counted on to give honest advice (even if it was not what you wanted to hear.) When Helen was compelled to stay in Florida year-round, she lost touch with most of her good friends in Massachusetts. If anyone that knew her would like to share stories, or get more information about her last years, they are welcome to contact her granddaughter Madeleine by email at madkornfield@gmail.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 1, 2016
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