Gloucester, MA — Helen B. (Melanson) Lima, 92, wife of the late Henry A. Lima, of Gloucester, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.
Born in Gloucester on July 29, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Bertha (Comeau) Melanson.
Helen was a graduate of Gloucester High School and was a Sawyer Medal recipient. She was a graduate of the First Class of Nurses Aides from Addison Gilbert Hospital during World War II with the Class of 1941. She had volunteered many hours of duty at Addison Gilbert during the war and continued to volunteer for many years thereafter.
Helen was a member of the Magnolia Women’s Club, the Gloucester PTA, the Mass Society Prevention of Cruelty to Children, March of Dimes, member and donor of the Cape Ann Historical Museum. She was also a member and contributor to the Sargent House Museum and in her later years was appointed by the Mayor to the Gloucester Council on Aging.
Helen was always full of life and enjoyed staying active in community affairs. She also enjoyed traveling extensively to most countries around the world and was proud to have flown on the Concord jet.
Her vivacious personality and warm smile will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her daughter Ann Lima Slocum of Gloucester; son Kenneth Lima and wife Jacque of Boynton Beach, FL; grandchildren Douglas Lima of Lantana,FL; great grandchildren Caleb Joshua Kent of Rockport, Kazira Slocum of Gloucester, Kaitlyn Lima of Lantana, FL; and great great grandson Nicholai L. Slocum.
In addition to her husband Henry, she was predeceased by her son H. Arthur Lima Jr.; granddaughter Amy E. Slocum; brothers J. Emery, B. Ira, Donald and Lawrence Melanson; and sisters M. Elizabeth McPhee and Margaret O’Maley.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Tuesday, March 19th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 or the Magnolia Historical Society, PO Box 5551, Gloucester, or the Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street, Gloucester.
For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.