Helen Theresa Wood Vaughan

Life Story

Helen Theresa Wood Vaughan, 94, passed away on Monday, March 25, at Clover Manor after many years battling dementia. She was born on August 8, 1924, in Lewiston to Frederick and Ellen (Helen) Rattigan Wood. Helen married Edward Vaughan in Lewiston on October 12, 1946; he died on January 8, 1990. Educated locally, she graduated from Lewiston High School, Class of ’42. She worked for over forty years at the former Bell Manufacturing on Main Street, Lewiston. For years she enjoyed going to Ferry Beach on her birthday week with the family. She loved to sit on the beach and people watch. This brought back fond memories in her younger years of dancing at the pier at Old Orchard Beach. Helen also loved to go to Christmas fairs with her daughters and grandchildren. She would head to the bakery tables first and buy enough sweets to feed a very large family! Her response to why do you buy so much was “I have to help out.” Helen was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church and then St. Patricks Church. She is survived by two daughters, Sheila Plummer and her partner, Bob Gardner of Auburn, and Judi Akerley-Adams and her husband Bruce of Minot. Grandchildren; Tobie Akerley Gordon (Shawn) of South Paris; Tim Plummer (Veronica) of Bend, OR, and Matt Plummer (Sarah) from Silverton, OR, great grandchildren; Connor Gordon of Portland, Alora Gordon of South Paris,  Zoe and Emery Plummer of Bend, OR and Oliver and Linden Plummer of Silverton, OR. Also leaves a special life long friend, Evelyn Tuttle of Auburn, serval nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, and five brothers, Wilbur, Ralph, Raymond, Alfred and Carl Wood; son-in-law Gard L. Akerley; and grandchildren Sunshine and Colin Akerley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association or the Androscoggin Humane Society. The family would like to thank the staff of Galway unit at Clover Manor for the love and attention she was given these past three months. Special thanks to her great niece, Heidi Brooks, and home caregiver, Anita Chase, for their loving care.


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