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Obituary: Helen Hawksley

The following is the obituary for Mansfield resident Helen P. Hawksley.

Helen P. (Allen) Hawksley, 81, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family, on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.

She was the beloved wife of Herbert F. Hawksley, to whom she was wed on August 6, 1955.

Born in Taunton, MA on March 14, 1931, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Helen (Prescott) Allen.

Helen grew up in Mansfield, was educated in Mansfield public schools, and was a graduate of Mansfield High School.

She was a dedicated homemaker to her loving family and when younger, had worked at the Foxboro Co. where she met her future husband Herb.

She was a member of the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Plainville and had also served as a former Sunday school teacher at the United Methodist Church in Mansfield.

Mrs. Hawksley’s family was the focal point of her life. She, along with her family enjoyed the many wonderful summers spent camping, her favorite destination being Dutch Country in Pennsylvania. Helen’s hobbies, of which she was exceptionally talented at, included sewing, knitting and crocheting.

In addition to her beloved husband of 57 years, she is survived by her devoted children, John Hawksley of Texas, Gary Hawksley of Hyannis, Leon Hawksley of Martha’s Vineyard, Heather Valequett of Attleboro, Alan Hawksley of Foxboro, Heidi Eckhart of Mansfield, Amy Howe of Milford, NH, Dean Hawksley of Mansfield, Paul Hawksley and the late Cary Hawksley. She was the dear sister of the late Elizabeth Frederickson, and is also survived by her many cherished grandchildren, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd at 10:00 A.M. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield. Burial will follow in the Spring Brook Cemetery, Mansfield.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday October 1st from 5-8 P.M. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Helen’s family has requested that donations in her memory be made to Food ‘n Friends, care of the Attleboro Area Council of Churches, 95 Pine St., Attleboro, MA 02703.

For additional information, please visit www.shermanjackson.com

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