Helen Marie Glidden

Posted March 06, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.

HOULTON – Helen Marie Maguire Glidden died suddenly on March 3, 2014 at The Cedars in Portland. She was born on June 11, 1927 in Marlborough, Mass., to the late Francis Maguire and Clara Gentsch Maguire.

She lived in Houlton since retiring in 1985 from a long and rewarding career in nursing. Helen was happily married to Robert L. Glidden for 61 years. Robert predeceased Helen in 2010. She is survived by her son, Robert L. Glidden, Jr. and his wife, Pamela of Westfield, Maine; her granddaughter, Katherine and husband, Christopher Hughes, and great-grandson, Alex of Standish; and her granddaughter, Alexis and fiancé, Kyle Baker of Winthrop. Also her son, Dwight E. Glidden and his wife, Elizabeth of Portland with whom she lived for the past three years as she was receiving treatment at the Wound Healing Center at Mercy Hospital; her grandsons, Michael Glidden, his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Abigail Rose of Quinton, Virginia; and Matthew, his fiancée, Amanda Littlefield, and son, Kaleb of Portland. Helen is predeceased by her youngest son, James Bruce Glidden. Bruce taught us to look at our lives in different ways and see possibilities and goodness in all people. He lived in New York City where he died in 1995.

Helen was an independent spirit and like others of her generation she guided her family through many changes. She grew up in North Conway, New Hampshire, enjoying outdoor life by hiking and skiing in the White Mountains. She worked waiting tables at the Russell Inn in Kearsarge, New Hampshire before graduating from Kennett High School in 1945. World War II influenced her to enlist in the last class of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps at Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated there in 1948. She married Robert Glidden, a classmate from Kennett, and they lived in Rochester, New Hampshire where Robert, Jr. was born while he attended UNH. Their great adventure together began when he entered the Border Patrol in Weslaco, Texas and extended into a long, exciting career with the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service. She enjoyed each change in duty station (adding two sons along the way) – Detroit, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; Kennedy Airport, New York; Houlton, Maine; foreign assignment to Frankfurt, Germany, and return to Washington, DC. Helen continued her nursing career at each location. She did private duty nursing in Detroit, psychiatric nursing in New York, and took pride in her role as a nurse at one of the first adult day care centers in Virginia. She is also known for her work at Madigan Hospital in Houlton where she was the Director of Nursing. Helen helped Robert with his interest in real estate and together they built and developed “Hestia Heights”, providing affordable housing for families in Houlton. They decided to return to their many friends and family in Houlton when they retired in 1985. While managing Hestia Heights during early retirement they enjoyed an active outdoor life, fishing and exploring “the County”. They enjoyed their camp on Pleasant Pond in Island Falls, and were active members of the Elks Lodge in Houlton. They traveled together and experienced many beautiful places; Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, the Rhine River in Europe by boat, and country music in Nashville and Branson, Missouri. Helen was an active member of the Catholic Women’s Council and St. Mary’s Church. She also enjoyed many afternoons with her lifelong group of friends playing cards and dominoes. Helen’s life was exciting and full. She shared generously with her family and neighbors and will be remembered with great love.

Friends may call at the Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park Street, Houlton, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 6. A Mass of Christian Burial be celebrated at Saint Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church 10 a.m. Friday, March 7. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those who wish may make gifts in Helen’s memory to the Wound Healing Center, Mercy Hospital, Catholic Charities of Maqine Food Program, or the Houlton Humane Society, c/o Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park Street, Houlton, Maine 04730. For an online guest book and to leave condolences dunnfuneral.com

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