ELLSWORTH – Helen (Brown) Dunham, 84, died April 13th, 2014 at an Ellsworth health care facility. She was born August 25th, 1929, in Brewer. She was the first of 6 children born to Alice and Herbert Brown of Orrington.
Helen attended Orrington schools and then graduated from Brewer High School in 1947. Subsequently, she attended and graduated from Husson College where she belonged to Epsilon Delta Alumni Sorority and was Captain of the Hiking Team. She married the love of her life, Harland Dunham, on June 18th, 1949. Together, they raised two children, Roanne and Alan. Helen worked for New England Telephone Company for 27 years before her retirement in 1986. She was a longtime member of the Jasper N Keller Chapter of Retired Telephone Pioneers and served as President of that Chapter for 7 years raising money for many charities. Helen was a member of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church in Bucksport, for over 30 years. She enjoyed hiking in Acadia National Park on the Carriage trails with her husband and friends, listening to the loons at camp on Molasses Pond, and going for picnics at Newbury Neck. She was also an accomplished cook and enjoyed cooking for family dinners and get togethers.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Harland: her daughter, Roanne Dunham and her husband, Robert Cox; her son, Alan Dunham and his wife, Mary; grandchildren, Amy Nelson and husband, Ian, Nicole Wheeler and husband, David, Marcus Dunham and significant other, Danielle Morrow. She is also survived by her siblings, Marie Honey and husband, Earle, Philip Brown, Noel Brown and his wife, Doris, Janet Eirish and her husband, Bill. There are many nieces and nephews also surviving. She was predeceased by her brother, Newell Brown.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church in Bucksport, with Pastor Peter Remick presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Helen’s name to either: Champ Camp for Children with Cancer, c/o Bangor YMCA, 17 Second St., Bangor, ME 04401 Att Diane Dickerson, or Camp Mechuwana Scholarship Fund, c/o Franklin Street United Methodist Church, PO Box 1727, Bucksport, ME 04416. Arrangements are under the care of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Bucksport. mitchelltweedie-young.com