Helen A. MacDougall

April 8th, 2016

Helen A. MacDougall (Kelley), age 90 years young, of Somerville, died peacefully on April 7, 2016, at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.

Helen was quite a “lady” but a character at heart; her endearing personality and kindness towards others made her a success in everything she did.

For many years, Helen was a waitress at the Lenox Hotel in Boston; she just loved meeting new people and found them very interesting. Helen’s charm and personality always won over her customers and many of them became friends throughout the years.

Helen was never afraid to try anything new and she relished in being the “life of the party” where ever she went. At the young age of 60, Helen taught herself to roller skate and earned her certificate at the Ballaroo indoor roller skating rink and at 88 decided to take up smoking for social purposes.

Helen was always on the go whether it was traveling all over with her family and friends or going to the movies or theatre; Helen was always up for a good time. Helen was an avid card player who always looked forward to a little competition and she was also quite a dancer who loved to get out on the floor and keep up with the “young ones”.

As a “fashionista” Helen could not be beat; with her many shopping excursions she always found just the perfect outfits that were accompanied by her many stylish hats and accessorized by her jewelry. Helen was always a fashion plate, very beautiful and classy.

Another past time of Helen’s included going to auctions, yard sales, and antiquing; she always loved a bargain and shared her many treasures with others. Throughout the years Helen collected clocks which she found on her excursions; they were always a great conversation piece.

Helen’s loved people, especially the children; she always said that she would rather spend her time with children and young people; she enjoyed their innocence and vitality.

Helen was known to be an “outdoor girl” she loved the beach and looked forward to beautiful weather. Helen summered in York Beach, Maine for many years and spent lots of time at her home in Manomet on the ocean where she had her famous yearly 4th of July celebrations and all were welcome. Helen had a green thumb; she enjoyed gardening outside at her home and took care of her many indoor plants.

Helen’s greatest accomplishment was her family; her unconditional love and support for them was always first and foremost to her. Helen cherished the time she spent with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her mother, siblings and was a favorite aunt amongst her many nieces and nephews. Helen of course had a sweet tooth and all who visited knew to show up with her favorite chocolate candy, rollo’s, reeses, or oreos.

Helen worked hard for her family, she taught them love, kindness, youthfulness, and of course fashion. Helen was quite a lady, way ahead of her time, she was dearly loved and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Helen was the beloved wife of the late John H. MacDougall, devoted mother of Marilyn George & husband David of Northwood, NH, Kathleen Harkins & husband Steve of Chadds Ford, PA, Helen Abrahamson & husband Tom of North Billerica, Nancy Carty & husband Tom of Freedom, NH, and the late John H. MacDougall, Jr. Loving “Nan” of Jennifer Hogan, Tony Ginewicz, John & David Wasilowski, Erik, Patrick, Leif, Haley, & Ian Abrahamson, and great-grandchildren Callie & Brock Hogan. Cherished daughter of the late Nora (Hogan) Noonan, dear sister of Maryellen Noonan & husband Robert Tiner of Medford, David Noonan of Brazil, Michael Noonan of Martha’s Vineyard, the late Frankie Kelley, Rita Murphy, and Rosemary Joyce. Helen was also the former mother-in-law of David Wasilowski and Tony Ginewicz, and is further survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 13th for Visitation from 9:45-10:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ann’s Parish, 399 Medford St., Somerville, MA at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations in Helen’s name may be made to a favorite Hospice or Veterans Charity of your choice.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Helen A. MacDougall”

  1. Janet and George carey says:

    Scataroo-roo Helen. We will miss all the times we had over card games. Your tremendous generosity and your ability to entertain with ease. Our prayers are with you..
    Love the Carey’s

  2. Erik Abrahamson says:

    Rest In Peace

  3. Doreen Holmgren says:

    Our condolences to the MacDougall family. WE only knew Helen for a short time, but grew to enjoy her sense of humor and of course, her fashion & style. She will be greeted @ the gates with a cocktail & cigarette & let the party begin! She will be joining other family & friends with 24/7 entertainment – looking down on us! You are on you’re cloud now Helen – rest in peace. The Holmgren Family

  4. Kim DeLeire says:


    I am very sorry for you and your families loss . Nan was remarkable woman with a love for life. I will always cherish the wonderful times down at her house and still laugh till this day when I asked her to play SCAT for pennies….

    Love ,

  5. Diane Oldak says:

    Helen, Tom,Patrick, Lief, Haley, Ian. and extended family
    I am so sorry about your Mom and Nan. We all Loved Nanny. Our families have been through so much together in good and sad.. Who would even believe we would lose Nanny and Papa Within a week apart. Nanny teach Papa ( Pops) scat up there, he can hear and see good now. We will have a ” Weaky” for you.xoxo

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