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Helen Braley

February 12, 1934 — March 13, 2022


Helen C. Braley passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Helen was born in Auburn, Maine on February 12, 1934 to Albert and Laura Comeau.  She was the youngest of seven siblings and was a graduate of Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Maine. In 1956 she married Ralph Braley and settled in Whitman, Massachusetts where they raised their eight children.

Helen was a wonderful wife and mother and also worked outside the home at The Toll House Restaurant, Saftler’s and Avon Tool and Die. She was active in the Whitman Mother’s Club, Cub Scouts, and the Holy Ghost Church community. Her life and love revolved around her family.  She loved all Boston and New England sports teams.  She was an amazing cook and loved to go to the Casino and play Bingo with her wonderful friends Trudy Clancy, Marie Sullivan, and Nellie Adams. She shared a beautiful friendship with Richard Clancy.

She is predeceased by her daughter Leslie Braley and is the mother of Keith Braley and his wife Robin of Canton, MA, Keely Oneil of Walpole MA, Kent Braley and his wife Diane of Biddeford, ME, Timothy Braley of Norfolk, MA, Jennifer Staines and her partner Jim Stoddard of Bartlett, NH, Nicole Cummings and her husband Jim of Atkinson NH and Laura Charette and her husband Steven of Hampden, ME. She has 10 grandchildren: Alia, Kristen, Stephanie, Andrew, Corinne, Kent Jr., Kaila, Steven Jr., Zachary and Alexander.  Her first great grandson, Cooper was born in April of 2020.  Helen is also survived by her bother Bert Comeau of Mansfield Center, CT, her sister-in-law Ruth Estes of Auburn, ME and many nieces and nephews. Helen will join her siblings Albert Comeau, Geraldine Pease, Lee Comeau, Theresa Denis, and Lucille Belanger in heaven.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday March 16th, from 4-7 PM at MacKinnon Funeral Home, 760 Washington St., Whitman.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday March 17 in Holy Ghost Church, 518 Washingtons St., Whitman at 12 PM. She will be laid to rest at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston, ME.

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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

MacKinnon Funeral and Cremation

760 Washington St, Whitman, MA 02382

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Funeral Mass

Thursday, March 17, 2022

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