Helen Trelles Abadie died peacefully in New Orleans on April 4, 2020, surrounded by her two daughters. She was 88 years old. Helen was born in Tampa, Florida to Jorge Trelles and Pura Estrella Riera de Trelles on January 19, 1932. Helen is survived by two daughters, Michele Abadie Perrin and Gigi Abadie Weigel and their spouses Roy A. Perrin, III and Jay Weigel, as well as three grandchildren, T.J. Mooney, Isabel Perrin, and Hendrix Weigel. She is also survived by nieces, Cecilia Tristan, Ana Gabriela Tristan and nephews, Jorge Tristan, Fernando Tristan and Chuck Sullivan. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Purita Trelles de Tristan, Ana Celia Trelles and Flerida Trelles Sullivan. Helen moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University in 1950, earning a degree in Medical Technology. Like many who move to New Orleans, Helen fell in love with the city and never left. She worked at both LSU Medical Center and Tulane Medical School. A lifelong Catholic, Helen was a parishioner of St. Clement of Rome and later St. Agnes. Above all, Helen treasured time spent with family. She was an adventurous traveler, an avid reader and relished time with dear friends, playing cards, Mah Jongg, knitting and needle pointing. Helen volunteered as a translator for the the Battered Women's Shelter and as a tutor at Orleans Parish Prison. Due to current restrictions, a private ceremony will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to: The Alzheimer's Association
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Published by The Times-Picayune from Apr. 8 to Apr. 12, 2020.