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Helen Adelaide Wilson CALAIS - Helen Adelaide Wilson, 90, formerly of Moscow Woods Road, Calais, Heaton Woods in Montpelier and most recently of Mayo Rehab & Continuing Care in Northfield, died peacefully with family by her side, Nov. 1, 2018. She was born on Dec. 12, 1927, in Bronx, New York, the daughter of Rudolph and Dorothy (Mason) Melusen. Helen graduated from Center Moriches High School in Long Island, New York. On Nov. 12, 1949, Helen was married to Louis Philip Wilson in Center Moriches, New York. They started their life together in Center Moriches, then moved to Bethel, Vermont, in the late-'50s, after a camping trip introduced them to the peaceful lifestyle they wanted for their family. They eventually moved to East Montpelier and then to their last home in East Calais. This led to many visits from their family members left behind in New York and GREAT memories with their nieces and nephews who would stay for long summer visits. Helen will be remembered for her love and devotion to her family, delicious homemade cookies and her enormous and numerous perennial gardens. The family would like to send special thanks to the staff of Heaton Woods for their over-the-top care, love and patience with Helen, and her shenanigans of outdoor gardening, and to the staff of Mayo Rehab & Continuing Care for their attention to her comfort, safety and happiness for the past 12 months, especially in her final days. Helen is survived by two daughters Lisa Wilson, of East Calais, and Arlene Holm and her husband, Kenneth, of Centereach, New York; five grandchildren Seth Jackman, Alison Jackman, Jennifer Jackman, Jessica Pennington and Kristin O'Connor; and 10 great-grandchildren Matthew and Robert Pennington, Avery O'Connor, Miles Ennis, Lillian and Drake Jackman, Alexander Keene, Faith, Zachary and Channing Jackman. She was predeceased by her husband on Feb. 17, 2011; her daughter, Eileen Hathaway, in 2013; and grandson Philip Jackman. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6-8 p.m. at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier. A funeral memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. during calling hours with a social gathering of "Helen's" cookies to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Research or the Central Vermont Humane Society.

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