William J. Gormley Funeral Home
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West Roxbury, MA
HALEY, Helen F. (Morrissey) Age 90, of West Roxbury and Hull, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2020. Cherished wife of 51 years and brightest star to the late Dr. Robert W. Haley, beloved mother of Dennis M. Haley of Quincy, Robert C. Haley of Quincy, James G. Haley and his wife Ellen of Hull and Atlantis, FL, Paul F. Haley and his wife Christine of Tyringham, Jeanne M. Haley and her husband William Stevenson of Holliston, Kathleen Haley Langenhorst and her husband Don of Walpole, Helen M. Haley and her husband John Denninger of Newton, and David A. Haley and his partner Sandra Ng of Allston. Loving grandmother to fourteen grandchildren (Matthew, Jacqueline, Patrick, Maria, Michael, Juliana, Leah, Sam, Gregory, Jacob, Christina, Kathryn, Nathaniel, and Grace) and three great-grandsons (Ethan, Nolan, and Owen), sister of James F. Morrissey and his wife Joan of Norwood and the late Adelaide K. Morrissey of West Roxbury. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Helen graduated from Emmanuel College in 1951 and taught elementary school until raising her own eight children and devoting her life to her ever-growing family, friends, and the community around her. Helen always lit up the room with her beautiful smile. She loved classical music, walks with her dear cousin Elizabeth, breakfast out with her cherished brother Jim, and, of course, glorious Summer days in Hull walking the beach, watching the sunsets, and swimming (with her bathing cap on) in the "refreshing" ocean water. She would often attend daily Mass at St. John Chrysostom, followed by coffee with friends at "The Ritz" (Burger King). And, anyone who knew Helen, knew how she loved her sweets! But, ultimately, time spent with her family and dear friends brought Helen the most joy in life! In later years, even as Helen's dementia progressed, she maintained her beautiful spirit and positive outlook and was always gracious and grateful to all around her. She continued to teach us to try to appreciate the present moment and to find joy in the simple things in life. Helen blessed us with her beautiful life and we are eternally grateful. May she now be at peace with the angels she so faithfully and fervently prayed to to watch over all of us. We are so thankful to the staff of Elizabeth Seton Residence, Sandra Mbabazi, and Dianah Nakalanda for their wonderful care. As Helen was one of the founding members of the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie's Place and a longtime volunteer, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's memory to Rosie's Place https://www.rosiesplace.org/, 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. Services will be private for immediate family only at this time. We hope to hold a memorial service open to all to celebrate Helen's life at a later time. For guestbook, www.gormleyfuneral.com William J. Gormley Funeral Service 617-323-8600

Published by Boston Globe from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9, 2020.
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I first knew of Helen when she taught my daughter's CCD class. I heard then how kind she was. A few years later I met Helen through her work with the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie's Place. She was not only a kind and loving person she was dedicated to helping those who were in need. I remember her as a warm and compassionate presence, in her family, in her community and in her church.
marion joyce
October 20, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the families loss of one of their loved one.May the families hearts ♥ be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared together with the dear loved one lost in death.As the family cherished a wonderful life that was well lived and loved by families and friends.My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the families during this very difficult time of deep sorrow and pain .
October 15, 2020
Dear family, I feel so blessed to have known your beautiful mother in her later years and will hold her memory in my heart forever.
Gina Melton
October 12, 2020
Helen and her husband, Bob, along with four of their close friends and neighbors, foundered the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place in 1981. After 39 years, the organization Helen helped establish is still going strong. Helen was a lovely person who made the lives of those around her better. We are very grateful to have known Helen and, as a small token of our appreciation, have posted “Remembering Helen Haley” on our webpage. westroxburyfriendsofrosiesplace.org
Doris Corbo
October 10, 2020
As an absolute saint we know where Helen is now -with her saint like husband Bob! What a tremendous and inspiring honor it was to know Mrs and Doctor Haley. Perfect models of humble strength, love, faith, dedication to family, friends and those in need!
Glenn Frank
October 9, 2020
My sincere condolences to Helen’s family. I met Helen as a member of St Theresa of Avila’s choir many years ago. I also had pleasure of the BSO Friday attendances just a few years ago. Both my late husband, David and I admired and loved her; she inspired goodness without talking about it! May she be at peace with the Lord Jesus and her special angels.
Brenda Breen, WR, MA
Brenda E Breen
October 7, 2020
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