Helen Reed (Bailey) Garuti, 94, died on August 23, 2021, at the home of her granddaughter, Jillian, in the care of her daughter, Joan, who has lovingly cared for her over the last two years. Helen, born on October 10, 1926, was the daughter of Capt. Fred L. Bailey and Ruth (Haven) Bailey of Kingston. She graduated from Kingston High School in 1944 and went off to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for one semester, until Henry C. Garuti proposed. Helen and Henry were married at St. Mary's Church in North Plymouth on New Year's Eve, 1944. They had a handful of witnesses at the ceremony and went off to a family cabin on Indian Pond in Kingston for their honeymoon, with homemade tortellini from Nona and a gardenia corsage. Helen was proud to have been a lifelong resident of Kingston in the home she built with Henry. Helen and Henry ran two businesses together, a Citgo Station at the corner of Cherry St. and Court St. in North Plymouth and the Plaza Restaurant, at Benny's Plaza. Helen also worked very hard at the Silver Lake Regional High School cafeteria as a cook for 22 years. Please be nice to lunch ladies. Her hands were always busy, she was an accomplished seamstress, a cake decorator, a caterer, a tax preparer, and more, all in addition to raising a beautiful family. She knitted Christmas stockings for most of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Helen was a kind and friendly person. She loved parties, dancing, parades, music, the ocean, and being with her family and friends. She sang her whole life, she had a song (real or not) for every word in the game of Encore and even in her last days she led hospital staff in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." She never held a grudge and always told her family to "Do the best you can." She was a devout Catholic, having converted prior to her wedding with Henry. She will be remembered when her family hears her songs sung, when they see a hummingbird, and when they hear her voice in their hearts cheering them on. Helen and Henry had 5 children, Gail Garuti-Frazer, Lynn (Paul) Malaguti, Joan Garuti (Johnny MacDonald), Jim Garuti (Jeannette Erikson and Parker) and Rita (Tom) Conley. They had 13 grandchildren, Bianca (Patrick) Bonner, Tanya Frazer (John Sancinito), Sean (Jen) Malaguti, Ross (Kim) Malaguti, Joshua (Kelly) Mulloy, Jared Mulloy, Jillian (Erick) Davis, Michael Balletto, Lindsay (Jon) Platz, Evan (Jackie) Garuti, Tom (Leslie) Conley Jr., Clay Conley, and Hannah Conley. They had 20 great-grandchildren, Maya, Jack, Helen, Bea, Paul, Mia, Eily, Owen, Link, Henry, Liam, Isaiah, Grace, Wyatt, Gavin, Harper, Beau, Forrest, Sawyer, Reese and many nieces and nephews. She is loved by so many others as their honorary Grammy. Helen was predeceased by Henry, Gail, Tanya and Paul. Her family will be celebrating Helen's beautiful life on Saturday, August 28, beginning with visiting hours held at Cartmell-Davis Funeral Home at Cordage Park, 373 Court Street, Plymouth, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Mary's Parish, 313 Court Street, Plymouth, at 11 a.m., followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Plymouth. Please note that masks are required when indoors. The arrangements are entrusted to the Cartmell-Davis Funeral Homes, Plymouth. For more information or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.cartmelldavis.com
. Helen always wanted a sign at St. Joseph Cemetery in Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the fund already started by the Knights of Columbus. Checks can be sent to Knights of Columbus Council 1190, c/o Church of St. Peter, 86 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360, in memory of Mrs. Helen Garuti.
Published by Old Colony Memorial from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2021.