Helen S. McLaughlin

Oviedo, Florida

Jul 11, 1926 – May 22, 2018 (Age 91)


July 11, 1926
May 22, 2018
Alzheimer's Association


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Helen S. McLaughlin, 91, passed peacefully from this world on May 22, 2018 at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs nursing home. Helen was born in New York City, New York to Walter M. and Helen (Shaughnessy) Smith on July 11, 1926. She was the third of six children (Ruth, Doris, Marie, Jean, and Walter). She met her future husband, George F. McLaughlin in 1941 at age 15, and, during World War II, they promised a lifetime of love to each other at the Naval Station Great Lakes Chapel on September 27, 1945. In addition to George, her husband of 72 years, Helen is survived by her sister, Marie, Helen's children, Patrick F. (Suzanne) McLaughlin, Denise S. (Don) Barnes, Theresa M. (William) Kinane, and Ann M. Honbarrier, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Although her beloved son, Thomas M. McLaughlin, preceded her in death in 1984, Tom's wife (Patsy) remained loved as a daughter by Helen. Helen and George moved their family to Florida and became lifetime parishioners of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in 1961. After they completed their studies at Rollins College, Helen continued her career there as Academic Counselor at the Holt School. Both George and Helen retired in 1988, and had been enjoying the life and love they shared. The family welcomes your prayers and Mass cards. Those who wish to send flowers are encouraged instead to make a donation to Alzheimer's Assoc. "Mom, you gave us so much and asked only love for each other in return. Thank you for always being there for us, for teaching us, listening to us, helping and forgiving us, loving us, and always, always showing us how. Your kindness will be our beacon through life. You will never leave us. We will always love you.".

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My beautiful Aunt Helen will be missed...I adore her so much and loved how close she was with her siblings and how they loved reuniting with one another...I will always treasure the Smith reunions...Sending my love to Uncle George and my beautiful cousins...We have a beautiful Angel watching over us...
Love you Aunt Helen, Kathy (Eaton)

Our sincere sympathy to Denise, Terri, Pat, Patsy and the entire McLaugjlin family. She was a beautiful lady. Barry and Barbara Vaught

My sympathies to Ann and family. Sending Love, Light & Prayers

a candle is just a reminder of the beautiful light that was you. We will love you forever as you make the universe a lighter, brighter joy.

Our sympathies to our cousins in Florida, the orange pickers as Pop used to say. WE will always have fond memories of a wonderful aunt. Margie and Family