White, Helen

July 31st, 2011

Helen Elizabeth White, better known as “Liz” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, died peacefully on July 31, 2011, at the age of 81.

Liz came into the world on New Years Eve in 1929, she was the cherished daughter of the late Nelson “Harry” and Mary E. (Wehinger) Huntley. Liz was born in Dracut but she was raised in Wilmington, she was a graduate of Wilmington High School Class of 1947. Liz furthered her education at Boston University earning a Bachelors Degree in Education, minoring in Psychology. Liz went on to earn her teaching certificate from Northeastern University in Boston. Liz took a job teaching in the Wilmington Public School System, she taught 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades as well as special education at the Walker School. Liz retired in 1961 when her son was born but spent many years as a substitute teacher.

Liz was also very involved in her community and found many ways to “give back”. She was an active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church, she was a founding member of the Wilmington Family Counseling, she was a member and past chairperson of the Carter Lecture Committee for over 15 years bringing many lectures to Wilmington High School over the years. Liz was also a current member of the Wilmington Arts Council and was very involved in the Wilmington Women’s Club having been past president for several terms.

In her spare time, Liz liked to do some traveling and enjoyed going up the seacoast through New Hampshire and Maine, she loved to look at the light houses. Liz also loved to do crafts, she built intricate doll houses and was currently working on a western emporium. Liz was a talented artist and seamstress, she loved to paint and spent many hours making her own clothes, she could have been considered an amateur designer. Liz was also an avid reader and she enjoyed reading about traveling.

Liz was very much a people person and she loved life. She was devoted to her family and made many life-long friendships over the years. Liz enjoyed many family trips, holidays, or any other occasion to spend time together and she was thrilled to become a grandmother.

Liz will be fondly remembered for her selflessness, her kindness and passion for caring for others, she was truly a giving person and very much loved by all who knew her. She will be missed.

Liz was the beloved wife of John A. White, devoted mother of Eric J. White and his wife Michelle of Wilmington, loving “Grammy” of her only grandchild Jocelyn A. White, dear sister of Frank Huntley of Wilmington and the late Dorothy Cole, sister-in-law of Charles White of Wakefield, NH, special aunt of Anne and Harlow Pearson and their son Bob Pearson all of Cape May, NJ, Betsy Ranger, John Cole, Richard Cole, Carol Wood, Ginny Welch, Janice Ethier, Linda White, Rick White, Bob White, Lois Philbrick, Betty Belair, Chuck White, Sandy Porcella, Vicki White, Judy White, and Lavinia Miller, Liz is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, August 3rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte, 62), Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Liz’s name may be made to the Wilmington Women’s Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Hazel O’Brien, 18 Hobson Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “White, Helen”

  1. Judson Miller says:

    Dear John, Eric, Michelle, and Jocelyn…

    Our sincere deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Liz.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time of great loss.

    Liz was a wonderful person and a great friend to many for many years.


    Judson & Kelly Miller and family

  2. Tom, Rita, Christopher & Marissa says:

    Dear John, Eric, Michelle, and Jocelyn…

    We want to extend our thoughts and prayers to you during your time of need.
    “Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind; In the primal sympathy which having been must ever be…” ~ William Wordsworth

    We want to extend our sympathy to you at the passing of your mother.


    Tom, Rita, Christopher and Marissa

  3. Stacie Murphy says:

    Eric, Michelle, and Jocelyn…

    I am so sorry for your lose, may God Bless all of you during this tough time.

  4. Walter Reed says:

    Dear Eric, sorry for your lose my thoughts and prayers to you during this time.

  5. Mabel says:

    Dear Eric, my thoughts and prayers are with during this moment.

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