Helen T. (Murray) Kimmence


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Gloucester - Helen Theresa (Murray) Kimmence, 88, of Gloucester, passed on the evening of Saturday January 26, 2019, with her family by her side.

Born in Gloucester on October 17, 1930, Helen was raised by her loving parents, fishing boat Captain Thomas J. Murray and Christina (MacDonald) Murray, along with her three brothers and sister. She herself became a lifelong resident of Gloucester and enjoyed her life on the coast.

Helen was a warm and loving woman whose kindness and devotion to her family showed in her great joy and generosity with them throughout her long life. Helen really lived her life to the fullest through simple pleasures. Her time was gladly spent in the company of her many family members and helping with the children was something that was the focus of her adulthood. She especially loved to spoil her grandchildren Matthew and Meghan Greene, an affection that continued into her elder years with great grandson Braden Greene and grandson Kaedin Kimmence. There were also several granddogs that had the fortune of being spoiled by their Nana. Helen was truly her happiest giving all she could to her family.

Helen was a devoted mother of two children of her own, Jo-Ann (Kimmence) Greene and Donald Raymond Kimmence Jr. She began motherhood packing fish locally for work. Later on, she became the desk clerk of the Cape Ann Marina where she stayed for many years greeting residents and visitors. She is remembered there for her helpfulness and friendly smile.

An avid Bruins fan through the 1990s, she enjoyed regularly going with sister Peggy and friend Margie Bishop to home games. She attended sport events for the many children in the family bringing her sports fan feistiness along with her, arguing the calls of numerous referees.

Her life will be forever cherished in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Helen leaves behind daughter Jo-Ann (Kimmence) Greene of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; granddaughter Meghan Greene of Exeter, N.H.; grandson Matthew Greene, his wife Victoria (Barrett), and great-grandson Braden Greene of Brentwood, N.H.; son Donald Kimmence, his wife Dawn (DePorter), and grandson Kaedin Kimmence of Baton Rouge, La. She is also survived by her brother Daniel Murray and his wife Marie of Gloucester along with an extensive family of many loving nieces and nephews.

Helen is the sister of the late Philip Murray and his wife Laura, Thomas J. Murray, Christina “Peggy” Marshall and her husband Ralph Marshall. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law John Greene.

Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to visiting hours which will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home at 61 Middle St., Gloucester, on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. For condolences and register book online, please visit www.pikenewhall.com. Donations in her memory may be made to the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Published on February 4, 2019
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Jerry Fitzgerald
Feb 09, 2019
Helen was always dear to my heart. We laughed together so many times. We shall meet in Heaven and laugh again.

Love, Jerry
Anne Linquata
Feb 06, 2019
Helen was my employee at Cape Ann Marina but more than that she was a dear friend. We had many good times together at work and on weekends and going out to Dinner.
I will miss you my friends
Faye Geary McGrath
Feb 06, 2019
I met Helen when she was my mother’s roommate at Seacoast Nursing Home. She was such a joy to talk with & always had a smile. From our discussions, we learned that my mother & Helen lived near each other growing up in Gloucester. There was a very special bond between them & I always appreciated her being there for my mother.
My deepest condolences to all of her family 🙏🏻❤️
Jamie Pike
Feb 05, 2019
My Condolences go out to Helen's family. She was a beautiful person both on the inside and out. I only knew Helen for short period and she touched my heart in so many ways. I enjoyed watching the way she put her lipstick on just right in the morning and the way she smiled and laughed even when my joke wasn't very funny. She will be sorely missed at Seacoast! Thank you for being you Helen!
Feb 04, 2019
Across the years
I walked with you
in deep green forest,
on the shores of sand,
and then our time
on earth was through.
In heaven, too, you'll hold my hand.
Marge Bishop
Feb 04, 2019
For the many Bruins games and weekly meals out to our favorite restaurants, I will always remember you, my friend.