• Helen Malbourn
    July 27,2014

    Helen Malbourn

    Sister Helen Malbourn

    BURLINGTON — Sister Helen Malbourn (M. Madeline), RSM, 95, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, died at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Burlington on July 24, 2014, in her 77th year of religious life.

    Sister Helen was born in Claremont, New Hampshire, on Aug. 5, 1918, the daughter of Mary (Ruest) and Cleophas Malbourn. She attended Hartford Elementary school. She received her B.S. from Trinity College and her M.A.T. in Latin from St. Michael’s College.

    She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Feb. 2, 1937, and made her profession of vows on Oct. 7, 1939.

    She taught in parochial schools in Burlington, Barre, Montpelier and Middlebury. Sister Helen also served as principal at Christ the King Elementary School in Burlington, and St. Michael’s Elementary School in Montpelier. She also taught in the Montpelier public school system for nine years. Sister Helen also served at Camp Marycrest in Grand Isle.

    Sister Helen served as religious education coordinator at St. Ambrose Parish in Bristol and St. Mary’s Parish in St. Albans. Sister Helen also ministered in St. Anthony’s Parish, White River Junction in religious education and parish visitation.

    Throughout her years of ministry Sister Helen touched the lives of many. When she was no longer able to teach, she was a faithful volunteer at “Lumen Christi” in Benson and gifted many young mothers with knitted baby blankets. She ministered to the Sisters of Mercy and kept in prayer her family, friends, Sisters of Mercy and all those to whom she ministered.

    She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Cowdry, nieces and nephews; and her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy.

    She was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Sr. Theresa Malbourn, RSM, Mary Tupper and Bernadette Cowdry.

    A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. in Mt. St. Mary Chapel.

    Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 28, at Mt. St. Mary’s.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy in support of their ministerial works, in care of the Local Coordinator, Administrative Office, 100 Mansfield Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

    Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington.

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