HELEN ESTELLA (CLARK) BOYLE

Posted June 03, 2011, at 8:32 p.m.

BANGOR – Helen Estella (Clark) Boyle, 94, passed away March 15, 2011, at her home with family around her. Helen was born March 6, 1917, in Bangor, the youngest child of Ernest and Elsie (Witham) Clark.

She graduated from Bangor High School in 1934 and Bangor School of Commerce, now Husson University, with several national honor awards in 1937. She was known not only for her exceptional skill as an office manager, but also for the fact her books always balanced to the penny! It is a record she maintained throughout her life, until ill health forced her to put her bookkeeping aside. Helen married Charles Lawrence Boyle, Sept. 3, 1949, and moved to the Bucksport area. They lived there for more than 50 years, raising their six children while owning and operating C.L. Boyle’s Mobil Station. After her husband’s death in 2002, she returned to Bangor where she resided at Sunbury Village until her recent move to Winterberry Heights. She celebrated her 94th birthday there with many family members and friends in attendance.

In addition to her husband, Charles, Helen was predeceased by her son, John Edward Boyle; and her siblings, Herbert Clark, Thara (Clark) Chick and Dorothy (Clark) Woodbury Taylor; as well as several nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by her children, Nancy Lee Boyle Corcoran and her husband, Richard, Richard Lawrence Boyle and his wife, Valerie, Joan Elaine Boyle Saunders, Cheryl Louise Boyle, Dennis Michael Boyle and Kelly; daughter-in-law, Janet Elizabeth Brown Boyle; and son-in-law, William Matthew Stearns. Her family also includes her 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss her dearly, Charles Thomas Boyle and son, Matthew Thomas Boyle, Erin Elizabeth (Boyle) Bowden and her husband, Gabe, Amanda Lynn (Boyle) Starbird and her husband, Nick, Michael Todd Saunders and his wife, Amanda, and sons, Folken Ron Saunders and Raiden Clark Saunders, Bryan Scott Saunders and Lindsay and son, Benjamin Charles Saunders, Jefferson Roderick Saunders, Cassie Anna Stearns and Anna Lee Boyle. She will be missed in particular by her sister-in-law, Margaret Ruth Oberst; nieces, Jackie (Chick) Dubay and her husband, Norman, Janeen Oles and Marilyn Cobb; nephew, Chuck McGinty and his wife, Patty; and cousin, Sandra Donovan. Also included is friend, Dr. Ric Riemersma, who has long since become family. The family especially appreciates all who made a special effort to keep in touch and visit often. There are also many other family members and friends from near and far, too numerous to mention, with whom she remained close. Our special thanks go to the staff at Winterberry Heights and Beacon Hospice that offered all the extra care to make her time more comfortable.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bucks-port, with Father Bruce Siket, celebrant. A reception will be after in the church hall. Burial will be private. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.

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