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Helga Andrews

Helga Andrews, a 46 year Sudbury resident, died Monday, May 18, at Concord Healthcare Center after a short illness at age 86. She was the daughter of the late Roy and Olga Andrews of Ithaca, New York. Raised and educated in Ithaca, she graduated from Ithaca High School in 1946 and from Cornell University in 1950. An early job as an editor for the University of Washington Press, Seattle. Later she worked as a textbook editor for Harcourt Brace in New York City, and earned a Masters Degree in English Literature from N.Y.U. In 1958, she began a new career as a teacher of English, first in New York City, then in Michigan, and finally for eight years at the Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA. Her final career which became a lifelong passion was in horticulture. Employed for many years by Arrowhead Nursery in Wayland, she immersed herself in the scholarly aspects of gardening, especially the propagation and cultivation of rare Alpines species. She was an active member of several horticultural societies including the New England chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society for which she edited its quarterly and chaired several national conventions. She served on the Landscape Committee of her church and helped create its memorial garden. She volunteered at the Garden in the Woods' project to preserve endangered species of plants. She considered her home garden a significant achievement with its extraordinary variety of species, flowing lines, and continual bloom from March to November. Central also were projects which promoted economic and social justice. She served on Sudbury's moderate income housing committee, which built such housing. She served many years on the Sudbury Democratic Town Committee as treasurer and actively supported candidates who represented her views. She served long time as an election official. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, supporting its projects as well as programs focused on income and equality and the effects of big money on the democratic process. She was a steady supporter of Rosie's Place, other shelters for victims of domestic violence, and Planned Parenthood. Another focus was genealogy. A member of the Massachusetts Historical and Genealogical Society and the Sudbury Historical Society. She thoroughly researched the Andrews family roots and delighted in finding new connections. Membership in the Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Wayside Inn Book Group indicated still other interests. Her spirit was additionally nourished by omnivorous reading, extensive travel in the Europe and the U.S.A., enjoying and protecting nature, cats as wonderful companions, classical music especially opera, and a diverse circle of friends who rejoiced in her intelligence, her quiet humor, lack of pretension, her kindness, sensitivity, and warmth. Helga leaves her companion and friend Nancy Moore of Sudbury, her brother Ralph Andrews of Nashua, N.H., and wife Hetty, her brother Walter Andrews, of Cornwall on Hudson, NY, and his wife Susan; four nephews: Christopher of Cathedral City, CA, Timothy of Chattanooga, TN, David of Hudson, MA, and Stephan of Baltimore, MD, and three nieces: Betsy Andrews, Centreville, MD, Karen of Ramsay, NJ, and Amy Mendler of Nanuet, NY and three great-nephews and one great-niece. Her memorial service will be held at First Parish Church, 327 Concord Road, Sudbury, on June 6, 2015 at 11:00AM. Gifts in her memory will be gratefully received by The England Chapter of The North American Rock Garden Society or the Landscape Committee of First Parish Sudbury, or a . For guestbook, please visit www.duckett-waterman.com Duckett - J.S. Waterman & Sons, SUDBURY (978)-443-5777

Published in The Sudbury Town Crier from June 3 to June 18, 2015
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