Obituaries: Audrey Pearl Helming

Audrey Pearl Helming (nee Colson) age 87 died March 17, 2016 in the comfort of her home.  She was the widow of Richard C Helming who died in 2014.   She was born August 7, 1928 in Portland, ME, the daughter of Harvey and Thelma (Thaxter) Colson.

She is survived by her brother Keith A. Dobbins and his wife Sally living in Richmond Virginia.

She was faithfully attended to by her beloved daughter Jennifer who was her constant caregiver during the long and complicated journey through Alzheimer’s.  She is also survived by her loving daughter Cynthia LaMarre of Terryville and a son Mark of Cody, Wyoming.  In addition she is survived by grandson Michael LaMarre who was always there without question to assist his aunt in caring for his Gram, her loving granddaughter Alison LaMarre and great granddaughter Madelyn Anne.  She is also survived by a very special honorary member of the family, Mickey Volcan of Florida whose friendship over the years after his hockey playing career ended has meant so much to the family.  He was always in her thoughts and she so enjoyed hearing from him.  She is also survived by Toni Helming of Maine who she always considered as her sister.

Audrey was especially proud of graduating from comptometer school and spent her working years at the office for New Departure and then in later years Bristol Savings Bank.

She was a longtime member The First Congregational Church and looked forward to attending the weekly service while her health allowed.  She especially enjoyed the cookies at fellowship after.    She served as the church financial secretary and on various committees and loved to greet at the front door before service.

As Audrey Pearl used to say…”Nobody loves lobster more than I do”.  She was a passionate daughter of her beloved Maine and looked forward to returning each year for a vacation.  She continued to read the Machias, Maine paper until her death.  She leaves behind her childhood friend Betty Knight of Rockland Maine who remained her close friend for her entire life.  Her fond memories of walking out to the Rockland Breakwater Light in her youth even though her mother would have “died” if she had known it provided the stuff of legend.

She was proud of her years as a member of the Junior Women’s Club.  She loved music and dancing and even until her last day she was always tapping her toes which we fondly called “toe dancing”.  She loved the Big Band era, some of the music of the sixties and celebrated her 80th birthday rocking out to REO Speedwagon in a hail and lightning storm.  She rode the storm out until the band stopped playing.

The family wishes to extend a very special thank you her aide Robbin Briglia, with whom Audrey developed a deep friendship from the moment they met until the very end.  Robbin provided her with the best care and allowed Audrey Pearl to spend her final years in the comfort of her home.   She was also attended to by her furry faithful Domino and Bella Rose who loved her so much and are deeply mourning her loss.

Funeral Service will be held on March 23rd at 10:00am in the Barnes Chapel at The First Congregational Church, 31 Maple St. Bristol, CT 06010.  There will be no calling hours.  Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville is assisting the family with arrangements.   In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

The family asks that you to keep Audrey Pearl in your heart for a while and remember her each time you have a cookie.  Because Audrey Pearl always said “Cookies are good.  I love cookies!”



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