Obituaries

Mann, Helen

October 6th, 2009

mannhelenHelen A. (Plourde) Mann, age 88, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, October 6, 2009, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Helen was born in Lynn, MA, on October 21, 1920, she was the dear daughter of the late Severin and Florence (Lapier) Plourde. Helen grew up in Lynn and was educated there, as one of the oldest of a large family Helen did her share to help raise her other siblings. She graduated as Class Valedictorian from Lynn Classical High School in the late 1930’s.

Following High School, Helen worked as a secretary for several years before she married William J. “Jim” Mann in 1943.¬† Helen became a military bride and moved to Nebraska where her husband was stationed for a short time. When Jim was shipped overseas Helen returned to Lynn to be near her family and upon Jim’s discharge from the military he joined his wife. They moved to Wilmington in 1946 where they both resided for the rest of their lives.

Helen was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and provided a loving home for all who entered. She fondly earned the name “Mrs. Clean” from her family and friends for the impeccable way she kept her home inside and out. Helen loved to cook and bake for everyone, Saturday mornings became a ritual for h er baking, her specialties were chocolate cakes, rhubarb pies, and english rock cakes, that were immensely enjoyed by her grandchildren and then there were always huge family meals on Sunday evenings, where her family could gather and enjoy each others company. Helen also had many other talents such as crocheting, knitting, making braided rugs, and she created beautiful terraced gardens and stone walls that were displayed all over her yard.

Helen will be remembered by family and friends as loving, kind, always doing for others, and most notably devoted to her family, she was so proud of her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren who will miss her dearly.

Helen was the beloved wife of 63 years to William J. “Jim” Mann who passed in 2006, devoted mother of Marilyn D. Allard & her husband A. Robert of Billerica, William D. Mann & his wife Lynne of Derry, NH, and Alan J. Mann & his wife Susan of Tewksbury, loving “Gram” of Kevin Mann, Kimberly Mann, Lauren & Brad Washburn, Derek & Amanda Mann, Jason Mann, Jean & Kevin Button, Karilyn Allard & her husband Derrick Moyer, and great-grandchildren Catie Button, Diana Button & her fianc√© John Gambale, Michelle Button, Laura Button, Rhianna Moyer, Seneca Moyer, Alan Moyer, Jorja Washburn, and Finley Washburn, dear sister of Richard Plourde of Michigan, Donald Plourde of Peabody, Harold Plourde & John “Jack ” Plourde both of Lynn, Lois Kohlier of Florida, and the late Louis, Kenneth, Robert, & Joan Plourde, Doris Timpani, Marie Surrette, and Jean Obenauer, Helen is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, October 10th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Friday, October 9th from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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6 Entries in Guest Book for “Mann, Helen”

  1. Nicholas Mollo says:

    Prayers and sympathy to all of her family. Mrs. Mann will always be remembered.

  2. karen baker says:

    I am so sorry we can not make it. We loved your mom and dad so much.
    They will be missed around the nieghborhood hopefully thought the mann name will stay there, Kevin is a great neighbor and they will be looking down smiling seeing how nice he keeps the place.

  3. karen baker says:

    I am so sorry we can not make it. We loved your mom and dad so much.
    They will be missed around the nieghborhood hopefully thought the mann name will stay there, Kevin is a great neighbor and they will be looking down smiling seeing how nice he keeps the place. Please give our condolences to the family.

  4. Marjorie Orr says:

    Hi, Marilyn, Billy and Alan

    I am so sorry I was going away to Rebecca’s in Indiana. I will miss Aunt Helen a great deal. She meant so much to me with all of the times I stayed at Nana’s house and then up at your house. I truly, truly will miss her. It is much too lonely out there now.

    Marilyn, I look forward to our getting together soon.

    Love, Marjorie

  5. Alice (Chisholm) Shaffer says:

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Lore Nielsen says:

    Dear Marilyn and Bob,
    I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, but I know that you are celebrating her long and fruitful life. Marilyn, from our Wilmington luncheon conversations I know how much you loved both your parents. I think of you often.

    Fondly, Lore

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