Helen Vera (Campbell) Cardwell, 80, passed away on Saturday morning, May 3, 2008 at her home on Getty Lane in Hebron. She was born on February 3, 1928, in Berea, Ohio, the daughter of Albert Alexis Campbell and Blanche Hannah (Parsons) Campbell.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, late of Greenwich, N.Y., and her son, Warren Campbell Cardwell.
She is survived by her husband Warren; a daughter, Roberta Helen (Cardwell) Wadsworth and her husband, Robert, of Huntingtown, Maryland; her grandchildren, Jesse Daniel Wadsworth and Brandi Denise Wadsworth of Huntingtown; her brother, Dr. Robert William Campbell of Little York, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Helen graduated in 1945 from Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar. Subsequently, she attended Michigan State College (now University) where, in 1949, she was awarded a Batchelor of Arts degree in languages.
While at college she met fellow student Warren John Cardwell of Lansing, Michigan. They were married on September 13, 1947.
Helen and Warren began their 60 years of married life in East Lansing, Michigan. They moved many times due to academic and career pursuits. They lived in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; Hamden and Woodmont, Conn.; the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations and the city of Aberdeen, all in South Dakota; Clarendon, Va.; Bowie, Md.; and, since 1978, on their Getty Lane farm.
Helen had broad interests. She was a skilled gardener noted for her African violets, her perennial flower garden and her bountiful vegetable tract. Among her many other interests were literature; classical music; historical and genealogical research; antiques; and, above all, her family and home.
Helen was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority; the Captain Israel Harris-General John Williams Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution; the Washington County Historical Society; the Hebron Preservation Society; the Hebron Valley Grange; the North Hebron Book Club; and, as a girl, the Daughters of the Eastern Star.
She was proud of her being a direct descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullens.
Helen was a world traveler. She visited the Orient, Europe and Latin America, but her favorite destinations were Egypt, Israel and Jordan, as well as journeys to Syria and Turkey. She became ill in 2000.
During her illness, Helen was deeply grateful for the encouragement, good will and prayers of family, friends and neighbors, and for the wonderful services provided by the dedicated and tireless staffs of the Granville Family Health Center, the Washington County Cares Unit, and the Washington County Hospice and Palliative Care Program, including Hospice therapy dogs Izzy and Lenore.
Helen was a warm and generous person, and her smile and sense of humor – she often said that would be the last thing to go, and it was – were endearing to all who were fortunate enough to have known this very special person. She will be deeply missed and remembered dearly.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 6, at the McClellan Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway in Salem with Rev. Steve McLean officiating. Interment followed the service at East Hebron Cemetery.
At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Helen may be made to Friends of Hospice, 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.
For directions to the funeral home and to share a memory of Helen, please visit www.mcclellanfuneralservice.com