He­len Champe

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Le­banon — He­len Ma­honey Champe, 93, of West Town Street, passed away Tues­day, Nov. 6, 2018, at her home with her fam­ily by her side.

He­len was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Lit­tle­ton, N.H., the daugh­ter of the late Everett and El­iz­a­beth “Jess” Wil­lard Trous­dale.

He­len Spencer Trous­dale Ma­honey Champe passed into eter­nal fel­low­ship re­join­ing her twin sis­ter, Ilona and join­ing her mother, Jess and fa­ther, Everett. Also wel­com­ing her are hus­bands Joe and John, in ad­di­tion to many dear friends and rel­a­tives.

In 2015, we were blessed and happy to com­mem­o­rate Mom’s 90th birth­day. We were all over­joyed to cel­e­brate her life. Her brother, Bill, re­cited a poem and her chil­dren all spoke. Love filled the room.

Her friends were present, friend­ships ac­quired from nurs­ing, neigh­bors from Ox Hill and At­tawan, parish­ioners from Lee Methodist, St. Pa­trick’s and the Con­gre­ga­tional Church of Le­banon, friends from Med­i­cal Aux­il­iary and the Bridge Club (we still hear the laugh­ter), all friend­ships solid and last­ing.

Plato wrote: “We are not here to get all we can out of life for our­selves, but to make other lives happy.” That she did! Her fam­ily was para­mount. We were all ex­posed to art, books, mu­sic and learn­ing. Ed­u­ca­tion was highly val­ued. She fol­lowed her mother’s foot­steps into nurs­ing. Her broth­ers and sis­ter went on to higher learn­ing. Mom per­sisted with self-ed­u­ca­tion. She was the stay-at-home mom. She lit­er­ally be­came a woman of let­ters, thou­sands of them. We can still see her sit­ting at her desk, Sun­day night, writ­ing. We were all for­tu­nate to be up­dated with her fre­quent com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Travel was part of our ed­u­ca­tion, coun­tries and cul­tures and in­deli­ble mem­o­ries. If we chose, she en­cour­aged and en­joyed our sports ac­tiv­i­ties. Ellen was the most suc­cess­ful.

Fam­ily gath­er­ings at hol­i­days were hosted at Ox Hill and At­tawan. Judy’s gen­eros­ity has car­ried on the tra­di­tion.

Mom’s prin­ci­ples and moral com­pass were un­wa­ver­ing and she had her hands full with us!

She was not sec­tar­ian, just re­li­gious. Methodist, Catholic, Con­gre­ga­tion­al­ist — all the same. Law ben­e­fits from rules. Morals sep­a­rate right from wrong. She didn’t need rules — she made them, all this with dig­nity and hu­mil­ity.

Mom had two lives. She was mar­ried to our fa­ther, Dr. Joe Ma­honey for 49 years, rais­ing our fam­ily, to be­come many fam­i­lies. Af­ter dad’s death, He­len was able to find a new life, a soul­mate and re­newed en­ergy with John Champe. They were hap­pily mar­ried for 20 years un­til John passed away in Au­gust. We were able to cel­e­brate his life last month with mom, a heart­felt ex­pe­ri­ence for all.

He­len leaves be­hind her chil­dren, Judy Snayd and her hus­band, Dr. Richard Snayd of Le­banon, Dr. James Ma­honey and wife, Ruth, of Mil­ton, Mass., Ellen Ma­honey of Nor­wich, Mar­garet Ma­honey and hus­band, Pat Kelly, of West New­bury, Mass., Tom Ma­honey and wife, Bar­bara Phoenix, of Wood­bridge, Robert Ma­honey and part­ner, Co­lette Carter, of Lyme; 16 grand­chil­dren and 21 great-grand­chil­dren; step­daugh­ter, Suzanne Do­browol­sky and her two chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. She is also sur­vived by her dear broth­ers, Bill Trous­dale and wife, Priscilla Meyer, of Mid­dle­town, John Trous­dale and wife, Louise, of Mas­sachusetts; and a lov­ing ex­tended fam­ily of cousins, nieces and neph­ews. Fi­nally, we rec­og­nize Mom’s loyal long­time care­taker, friend and hon­orary sis­ter, Emma Lah.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, hus­bands, Joe and John, she was pre­de­ceased by her twin sis­ter, Ilona Stan­wood; her daugh­ter-in-law, Sarah Rus­sell; and step­son, Jeremy Champe.

He­len’s fam­ily was most im­por­tant to her. She was a very al­tru­is­tic per­son who vol­un­teered with many or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Hos­pice, the Haitian Health Foun­da­tion, Head­start and at the Un­ca­son-Thames Hospi­tal.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 17, 2018, at the Church and Allen Fu­neral Home, 136 Sachem St., Nor­wich. A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sun­day, Nov. 18, 2018, at the First Con­gre­ga­tional Church of Le­banon, 588 Ex­eter Road, Le­banon. Burial will be pri­vate for the fam­ily.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions in He­len’s mem­ory may be made to the Haitian Health Foun­da­tion, 97 Sher­man St., Nor­wich, CT 06360 or to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, CT Chap­ter, 225 North Michi­gan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

To leave a mes­sage of con­do­lence for He­len’s fam­ily, please visit her me­mo­rial at www.chur­chan­dallen.com.

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