Helen M. Champney, 87, a lifelong resident of Rindge, NH died peacefully at home on Monday, March 7, 2016 after a period of failing health.
Helen was born on May 11, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, daughter of the late James F. and Anna Marie (Egan) Booth. She was educated locally. Helen had worked early on in her life at the Box Shop in Winchendon. Eventually she became a Hairdresser and worked for many years at Henry’s Hair Salon in Keene.
Helen’s faith was everything to her and she constantly read her Bible. She had been a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Winchendon and Saint Patrick Parish in Jaffrey. She also was an avid follower of Rod Parsley and the television ministry of the World Harvest Church in Ohio. Helen had travelled to Jerusalem and had been baptized in the Jordan River.
Helen was an avid Boston Red Sox fan who could be found watching many games on TV. She also enjoyed being armchair contestants on several game shows. She loved playing Bingo and played at a few local games each week. Helen also liked sewing, crocheting, cooking and had recently began painting with oil on canvas.
Helen had supported those who were committed to public service and assisted with the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rindge Fire Department while her husband served as a volunteer firefighter for the town.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Herbert J. Champney on April 2, 2012. Her son-in-law Richard Cloutier, her grandson Neil R. Champney, and her great-granddaughter Kasie Cloutier
She is survived by her 2 daughters, Tanis and her husband Dwight Whitcomb of Rindge, NH, and Colleen Cloutier of Rindge, NH, and by her son Joseph M. Champney II and his wife Brenda of Gardner, MA. She also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, as well as an astonishing 8 great-great-grandchildren. .
Family and friends will honor and remember Helen’s life by gathering for calling hours at the Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River Street, (Route 202) in Jaffrey on Thursday April 7, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00PM. A Memorial Service will be conducted at 7:00PM in the funeral home chapel by Rev. Wilfred H. Deschamps, Pastor of Saint Patrick Church in Jaffrey.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in Hillside Cemetery in Rindge.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice at HCS, PO Box 496, Peterborough, NH 03458.