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Helen O. Stilkey


1919 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Helen Osborne Stilkey, 96
YARMOUTH - Helen O. Stilkey, 96, died on April 8, 2016, at Gosnell Hospice House.
Helen was born in Bartlesville, Okla., on Nov. 18, 1919, the daughter of Stewart W. and Mary Jane Osborne, and sister to Mary Louise "Pepper" Little and brother James Osborne. Helen attended local schools in Oklahoma and Kansas before attending East Central College, where she enjoyed her classes and especially her sorority life. After college, Helen worked as a secretary in the movie theater industry in Oklahoma City where she met Richard Stilkey, who was on leave in Oklahoma during World War II. They were married soon after the war ended, and made their home in Freeport, where they raised their family. When their sons, Stewart and Stephen, entered college, Helen began a career at L.L.Bean in the secretarial pool, earning increased responsibilities until she became the administrative assistant to the President of L.L.Bean, a position from which she retired. As an employee and as an example to her friends and family, Helen was respected as personifying "grace under pressure." She was very proud of her L.L.Bean employee number 100 and especially enjoyed the double-takes of current employees when presented with her card at checkout. In later years Helen lived independently at Bay Square at Yarmouth and greatly enjoyed many friendships made there.
Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Freeport for 46 years. There she served on many committees and was a leader in her faith community. Helen was also a member of the Freeport Women's Club and a volunteer at the Clothes Tree Thrift Shop. Helen enjoyed walking, playing golf, gardening, traveling (including a memorable trip to Greece with her extended cousins), many picnics with her family at home (especially on the 4th of July, when she could view the fireworks from her front yard), time spent at camp on Little Sebago Lake, Reed State Park and walks on Popham Beach. In later years she loved her trips to Portland for an Angelone's pizza or an Amato's Italian sandwich to be consumed only on the Eastern Promenade. In the summer she especially enjoyed her coastal trips and lunch with her friend Meredith Small.
Surviving Helen are her brother, James Osborne, of Corinth, Texas; two sons, Stewart Stilkey and his wife Lynda of Topsham, and Stephen and his wife Jan of Gray; five grandchildren, Amy Cross and her husband Kevin of St. Albans, Vt., Kate Nabewaniec and her husband Adam of Raleigh, N.C., Susan Luff and her husband Rob of Topsham, Tom Stilkey and his wife Jenny of Portland, and Rebecka Stilkey of Half Moon, N.Y. She took pride in great-grandchildren, Makayla Kwasniak of Bowdoinham, Caleb Kwasniak of Topsham, and Zoe and Clara Stilkey of Portland.
She has had special relationships with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they will miss G. G. dearly. Helen will be remembered as a strong woman who loved her family and friends and was loved very much in return. She will be sadly missed by the people who were fortunate enough to be part of her life.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at Maine Medical Center, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, and the doctors and nurses at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, for the loving and supportive care provided throughout her life.
Friends and family are invited to attend a visiting hour from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com for ad- ditional information and to view Helen's online guest book.







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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 12, 2016
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