Helen left this earth at the age of 88, to be with the Lord and her husband on May 29, 2015, after a brief stay in Birchwood Terrace Nursing home. She was the daughter of Sidney and Leona Fisk, born on Nov. 24, 1926. She married the love of her life, Donald C. Francis on Sept. 14, 1946. They made a home in Hinesburg soon after their marriage where they lived together for over 65 years. She leaves her children, Sharron Flanigan, Connie (Schuyler) Stratton, Donna (Frank) Burroughs, Terry (Bonnie) Francis, Leona (Eric) Ross, Deirdra (Don) Folts, and Donny Francis. With them, she leaves her cherished 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her best friend and husband, Donald C. Francis, June 2, 2013; and her son, David P. Francis, May 16, 2015. Helen was the sweetest, most selfless woman that we all love and will miss greatly. Her generosity to anyone who was in need will live in our hearts forever. She spent a lot her time in the kitchen cooking meals for our large family, baking dozens of pies for all of our holiday gatherings, and would always have fresh cookies or other sweets on her kitchen counter at any moment in time. She enjoyed watching her daily soap operas and always had either a crossword, word search, or her knitting needles within arm’s reach. The life lessons she shared will be treasured in our hearts, along with her words, wisdom and all of her family’s achievements. The family would like to extend our love and extreme gratitude to the staff at Birchwood Terrace Nursing home in Burlington for their love, support and extraordinary care they provided for our mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She talked of the staff like they were her own family and we are forever grateful for the way you made her feel the last few years of her life. Funeral services were held June 2, 2015, at St Jude’s Catholic Church in Hinesburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Helen’s honor for the friends she left behind at the Birchwood Terrace Nursing home, to fund the activities department that she loved and enjoyed so much. Donations can be made to Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home, Attn: Activities Department, 43 Starr Farm Rd., Burlington, VT 05408.
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