WATERBURY - Helen Eileen Beardsley, 89, of Wallace Street, passed away in the comfort of her family at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Born in Watertown, N.Y., on April 25, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Morton J. and Sadie (Horr) Martell. On Oct. 21, 1944, she married James H. "Bud" Beardsley in Watertown, N.Y. James, her husband of 61 years, predeceased Helen on Oct. 23, 2005.
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Helen was a 1941 graduate of Watertown High School and then went to work in the business office for the Watertown Daily Times from 1941 until 1944. Following her marriage, Helen was busy as a homemaker, raising her family and working part time as a cashier in the dining room at the Hotel Woodruff and in the sports department for J.C. Penney. Helen later worked full time for over 25 years as a receptionist for Dr. L.F. Withington, from which she retired.
Helen's memberships included Holy Family Church in Watertown, N.Y., and St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury. In her leisure time, she enjoyed swimming, ice skating, knitting, crocheting and reading.
Helen is survived by her sons, Thomas Beardsley and his wife, Mary, of Duxbury, and James J. Beardsley, of Manlius, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Brayton Beardsley, Shae Beardsley and Laura Riba; two great-grandchildren, Jack and Sam Riba; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Helen was predeceased by two brothers, Donald and Joseph Martell.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on Friday, July 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org). To send online condolences, please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury.
Published in Times Argus on July 26, 2012