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Helen Barbara MacPherson, 77, died peacefully in the early morning hours on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
The Dorchester, MA native was born on September 13, 1945 to the late Robert and Barbara (Horton) Duncan.
Helen married David Daniel MacPherson on November 1, 1964 in Weymouth, MA and spent the next 58 years building a loving home for her family. With a sixth-grade education, Helen was especially proud of passing her equivalency test with a score high enough that she a High School Diploma instead of a G.E.D..
Helen’s passion was her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Helen loved weekend time at Nana’s and Papa’s and was always a huge part of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives.
An accomplished amateur bowler, Helen played tournaments around the world. She coached bowling for several years and was a member of several leagues in the Savannah area. She always looked forward to her annual tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Helen loved camping. She always looked forward to the annual camping trip where friends and family from all around would come together to spend time with one another. Helen enjoyed camping with her husband and family through Canada and the Eastern Sea coast. Even after Helen had limited mobility, she found a way to get around the campgrounds with scooters and grandchildren pushing her around.
In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by a brother, Robert, Jr.; sister, Nancy; and her granddaughter, Elena.
She leaves behind husband, David; a son, David, Jr.; a daughter, Lyda Jean; daughter in law Rebecca; son in law Lewis; grandchildren, Kathleen, Laura, Jessica, John, Joshua, Daniel, and Christopher; two sisters, Glenda and Ann; and several great-grandchildren that loved her and will miss her dearly and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 2023 in Beaufort National Cemetery.
In our thoughts and prayers. Many great memories to keep in our hearts!❤️
- J Mac Family , Felicity , Ohio
Nana, we love you and you will be truly missed. You have touched all of us from the time we were young till the time we have grown into adulthood. Our children will cherish the memories that you have with them. May you rest in peace in Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
- Jessica MacPherson, Ellabell, GA
To Dave and all the kids - we are so sorry to hear of Helen’s sudden passing, but are relieved to know that she died peacefully and is now in heaven, with fellow family campers, who recently went to heaven, and will welcome her. A couple of my best memories are when we were camping, and Helen’s beloved bird got loose, Helen ran and ran after it through the campgrounds successfully catching it, even though the bird was flying and Helen was on foot. She wasn’t about to give up until she caught it. We also owe her thanks for having expert knowledge of the back roads of the New Hampshire mountains, and for her driving skills, leading us speedily in the dark with flashers flashing and and horns beeping in order to get her great nephew, who had been injured, to the North Conway hospital for treatment. We have tons of pictures and tons of memories and homeland will never be forgotten. Our love and thoughts and prayers go out to you Dave and all the kids.
- Ellen Shepherd, East Weymouth, MA
Correction to my previous message. The last sentence was supposed to say Helen will never be forgotten not homeland will never be forgotten.
- Ellen Shepherd, East Weymouth, MA
We love you and will miss you nana. You will always be in our hearts. You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.
- Laura Bulloch, Zirconia, North Carolina
Hey, Uncle Dave and everyone - Sorry to hear about Helen. I want to say to Helen thank you for all the dinosaur videos you gave me when I was a little kid and rest in peace.
- Justin Walsh, East Weymouth, MA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- 1:00 p.m. on Thu, March 02, 2023
- Beaufort National Cemetery
1601 Boundary Street (map)
Beaufort SC 29902