Helen Cleveland, 95

H elen Cleveland passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at the Indian River Nursing Home.

Helen was born in Middletown Springs, Vt., on Sept. 30, 1916, the daughter of Arthur and Espy (Edmunds) Hubbard.

Helen graduated, as valedictorian, from Middletown Springs High School in 1934. She enjoyed acting in the community theater groups and had the lead role in several of the plays. Also, playing cards was a passion of hers, continuing until her eyesight started failing.

She married Warren Cleveland on Sept. 15, 1935, at the same home she was born in.  She came to live on the Harwood /Cleveland farm in the northeast corner of Pawlet. They had five children: Dawn, Walter, Ruth, Arthur and Edgar, all who have remained in Pawlet. She has 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Warren passed away in 1961. Following that sadness she enjoyed traveling with friends.  Helen was a long New Horizons Pomona Grange, #33, Pawlet Library, Adonrram Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star #22, Home Dem, PTA and Historical Society, volunteering in many capacities. Helen was a Charter member of the Green Mountain Seniors. She enjoyed many types of needlework and crafts. She was an excellent seamstress making many fine dresses for the family. She was involved in making the Green Mountain Boy uniforms for the Boy Scouts which were used in the 1961 bicentennial. She held the honor of being named the Pawlet Citizen of the Year.  Also, she was a fine paper-hanger.

Since 2005 she has been cared for in the homes of Dawn, Ruth and Arthur. Presently she was at Indian River so that she might regain her strength

Besides her husband, Helen was predeceased by a brother Richard in 1977.  Survivors are her sons:  Walter, Arthur and Edgar and her daughters Dawn Clark and Ruth Hathaway. Also surviving is her sister in law Ruth Dodds as well as several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012, at noon at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, NY. The Rev. John Sanborn of the Pawlet Community Church will officiate. Burial will be in Northeast Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Pawlet Church Building Fund, the Mettowee Cemetery Chapel Fund or the Granville Rescue Squad.

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