Helen I. Drover

January 6th, 2012
Helen I. (Allen) Drover, fondly known as “Candy” to her family and friends, of Woburn, formerly of Wilmington and North Reading, died Thursday, January 5, 2012 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 66 years old.
Helen was born on April 9, 1945, in Woburn, MA, she was the dear daughter of the late Robert and Helen (Johnson) Allen. Helen grew up in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1964.
Helen was employed for many years at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington and Lahey North in Peabody, where she worked in the Hematology/Oncology and Internal Medicine Departments. Helen was a very compassionate person, she made many friends at Lahey with her co-workers and patients alike, they soon became her extended family. Helen loved her job but as her illness progressed and her strength diminished, she had to retire.
Helen was very active and extremely talented, she had a knack for cake decorating and a willingness to teach others this art. Helen was a long-time member and Past President of the International Cake Decorating Society (ICES), she traveled all over and took part in many conventions where she taught and learned new methods of decorating. She was also a member of Sugar Delights Cake Club, a cake decorating teacher at A.C. Moore in Woburn, and a cake decorating teacher for the Wilton Company.
Helen enjoyed teaching, she loved her students and was very proud of their accomplishments. Helen not only taught decorating but she made countless beautiful cakes for family and friends over the years.
Helen was a member of the Epicurian Restaurant Club which raised Scholarship money for students going into the Culinary Field.
Helen was also very active and worked at the Woburn Senior Center where she continuously helped the seniors in what ever capacity was needed.
Helen certainly had an endearing personality, she made others feel welcome, and she was always there to lend a hand or give advice. She made friends where ever she went and maintained friendships that lasted throughout her life-time.
Helen was very devoted to her family, she loved them unconditionally and was always there to provide love and support not only to her family but their friends as well. Helen was truly an amazing woman and will be greatly missed.
Helen was the beloved wife of the late Walter “Wally” Drover, devoted mother of Timothy F. Swain and Donald A. Drover both of Woburn, sister of Robert Allen and his wife Dorothy and Virginia Allen all of Florida, and the late Thomas Allen. Helen is also survived by her best friend Carolyn Harris of Wilmington, as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.
Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, January 9th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, January 8th from 3-7 p.m. Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the Lahey Clinic Oncology Dept., 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805 or to the M.S.P.C.A., Development Office, 350 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

10 Entries in Guest Book for “Helen I. Drover”

  1. Carolyn Lawrence says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Helen’s death. I have known her for many years through the ICES group since we both were cake decorators. I’m from Missouri and we had visited at ICES conventions many times. God bless all of you in your sorrows.

  2. Merlene Tirone says:

    I will miss Helen’s long phone chats. She was totally dedicated to the art of cake decorating and everything that went with it. She was a very dedicated member of The Sugar Delights Cake Club for many years, and would drive through a blizzard to get there. I know she, Rachel, Adeline and Carole are up there now, working on cakes and having a songfest!!!! We all have wonderful memories. RIP Helen.

  3. Selina Barnes says:

    I am truly sorry to hear this. If it weren’t for Helen, I would not being doing what I love so much. It was Helen who made sure that I joined ICES in the first place! I also took her Wilton classes in Woburn where I truly developed my love for cake decorating. I was so looking forward to taking her class next month. God Bless you and your family.

  4. Pat Gutkoski says:

    I’m very sorry to hear this sad news. I looked forward to seeing Helen at the CT and MA ICES Dos and also at the Wilton meetings. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  5. kathy Fernandez says:

    Tim im so so so sorry to hear about mom! she was a wonderful woman and she was such a cake decorater and someone you could look up to for advise! God has a better place for her ! R.I,P helen Thanxs for giving us lot of fun @ work it was always a pleasure .Tim your mother will be watching over you from here on god bless you!

  6. Jane Singleton of New Hampshire says:

    Tim and Donny, I am sorry to here about your Mom, She was a talanted cake decorator/teacher, and was from the old school of decorating, She taught many of the old and new methods of cake decorating, She was a devoted member and past president of ICES ( International Cake Decorators Society) If there is not an ICES chapter in heave, Helen will be sure to start one. I can almost here her bang that gavel to start the meeting. We will miss you Helen

  7. Ronald Kearn says:

    Tim and Donald:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother
    Helen. She was truly a kind and selfless woman. I have the fondest memories of her and Walter. Both Walter and Helen meant the world to me for many years. Her kindness will always be remembered by me.
    I’ll miss you Helen.

  8. Maureen Zaccaria says:

    Helen was my cake instructor at AC Moore in Woburn. She was such a lovely lady. I learned so much from her and know she would be proud of the cakes I have decorated after taking her class. My condolences go out to her family and friends.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    Maureen Zaccaria

  9. BettyJean Wendell Ellis says:

    Thinking of the family and their loss…

  10. donna maguire says:

    I checked helen in on visits to lahey…she was always with a smile…i will miss her…so sorry for the family loss.

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