Helen Hill
1939 - 2021
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Helen Hill

Poughkeepsie - Helen M. Hill, 82 a lifelong Poughkeepsie resident, departed this life on April 15,2021 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. She was born in Sharon, CT on January 6, 1939 to the late Faybelle Cornelius Elem and Harold T. Elem, Sr. Helen worked at Western Publishing Company for 19 years until its closing. She then was employed at Hudson River Psychiatric Center for 20 years, retiring in 2004. Helen loved going to bingo, playing cards, crossword puzzles and her lottery scratch offs. In 1999 she began volunteering at the "To God be the Glory" food pantry, which was later named "God's Helping Hand". During the COVID pandemic she volunteered serving breakfast and lunch to children at the New Hope Center. Helen leaves to cherish her memory her children: Wanda Hill and Margaret Hill both of Norfolk, VA, Marvin Hill, Jr, Janie McCall and Lisa McCall all of Poughkeepsie, NY, stepdaughter Wakeitha Kunze of Boston MA. Her brother, Harold T Elem, Jr. and bonus daughters, Judith West & Eula Williams, her grandchildren: Rhahime (Maisha), Unique, Ashanta (Jazzmin), Daniel (Gena), Wayne, Marvin III, Kiana, Kenesha, Lekiah and Dominick. 15 great-grand children and 2 great great-grandchildren. Helen was predeceased by her parents, her son, Russell E. Hill. Her sisters, Emma Hogan, Ella Forte, Faybelle Johnson, Evelyn Bowman, Francena Elem and Alice Elem and her special friend Joseph McCall. Visitation is Friday, April 23, 2021, 9-11AM at the Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc. 39 So Hamilton St Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. A funeral service will begin at 11AM with burial in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. To send an online condolence visit www.darrowfuneralhome.org

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Published in Poughkeepsie Journal from Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2021.
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April 22, 2021
I have known Ms. Helen since I was about 11 years old. She worked with my Mom at Western Publishing and the Hudson River Psychiatric Center. Ms. Helen would be the first person I saw when I got ready to walk up the stairs to my Mom's old apartment on Smith Street. I had not seen Ms. Helen since 2019. 2020 was a crazy year for all of us. I will miss you, Ms. Helen. You made me laugh, especially when you were trying to "Go on me"! I pray that your family will adjust without you. You were the Rock! The Glue that held everyone together. Now you can take your well deserved rest!
Pamela Braxton-Joyner
April 21, 2021
So sorry to hear, we worked together back in the 70',s. Prayers for the family, a friend of Russell.
Lael S Collins
April 21, 2021
Prayers for the family during this most difficult time.
Abigail Bigby
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