Helen Louise (Smith) Ellis passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. She was 88 years old.
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Helen is survived by her husband of 58 years, Philip Angell Ellis. She was the devoted mother of Diane Ellis Torres and her husband, Weber of Boxborough, Mass., and Kyle Ellis and his wife, Karen of Hope Valley, R.I. She was a loving grandmother to Lindsay Torres Banks and her husband, Ryan of Gloucester, Mass., Lauren Torres of Beverly, Mass., and Kelsey Torres of Annandale, Va.
Helen is fondly remembered by her family as a fun-loving person who always made the most of any situation. She lived most of her life in Douglas, Mass., where she was a long-time active member of the First Congregational Church. Additionally, she was a past member of the Republican Town Committee in Douglas.
Helen and her family lived off the land and enjoyed picking berries, gardening and fishing trips. Later in her life, Helen and her husband happily spent summers in Mount Vernon, Maine, and winters in Waycross, Ga. She enjoyed needlework, bingo, and painting. She frequently corresponded with friends and family and consistently was content to "go with the flow."
She was a survivor who battled five different bouts with cancer in her life. Through it all, she always had a positive attitude and fierce devotion to family. Helen was an extremely kind person who was able to connect with people in ways that she did not even realize. She made the world around her a more enjoyable place to be.
In lieu of flowers, Helen's family is requesting that donations be made to the
. There will be a private family memorial service at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the S.R. Avery Funeral Home , Main Street, Hope Valley, R.I.
Published in The Westerly Sun on August 5, 2012