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Helen "Elena" M. ((Viola)) McElmon
February 8, 2024
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Helen M. McElmon, a cherished beacon of love and passion, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2024, at the age of 98 in Wrentham, Massachusetts. Born on March 15, 1925, in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Lazzarino and Maria Viola, and grew up in the close-knit community of South Boston before later moving to Braintree and then settling in Sharon for 41 years.
Helen was the beloved wife of the late Gordon L. McElmon, with whom she shared a lifetime of memories. She was a loving mother to her children, Paul D. McElmon of Walpole, and Helen M. Fanning of Boca Raton, Florida. Her warmth and guidance extended to her late brother, Joseph P. Viola, Lawrence Viola, Julio Viola, Frederick Viola, and Nicolina Sullivan and she was the matriarch of a large family that included 4 grandchildren Paul Collins, Michelle Bolduc, Julie Policella, and Craig McElmon, 5 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.
A proud graduate of South Boston High School, Helen's commitment to her community was evident through her involvement with various organizations. She was a former member of the Castle Island Association and dedicated many hours as a senior volunteer for the Town of Sharon at the Hixon Farm coffee hour. Her service to others was a testament to her thoughtful nature and her desire to make a positive impact on the lives around her.
Described by those who knew her as loving, thoughtful, and passionate, Helen's legacy is one of unwavering kindness and generosity. Her ability to connect with others, to offer a comforting word or a helping hand, defined her as an extraordinary individual whose influence will continue to be felt by those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Helen's life was a beautiful tapestry woven with the threads of devotion, family, and community service. She will be remembered not only for her actions but for the love that propelled them. Her spirit, characterized by a boundless capacity to care for others, will forever be cherished and emulated by her family and all who were touched by her graciousness.
As we bid farewell to Helen M. McElmon, we celebrate a life well-lived and a woman well-loved. Her memory will be carried forward in the hearts of her family, friends, and all who were fortunate enough to experience her profound empathy and vibrant spirit. Helen's journey on earth has concluded, but the echoes of her love and the example she set will resonate for generations to come.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, February 12th from 11 a.m. to 12 noon followed by a funeral service at 12 noon. at Dockray and Thomas Funeral Home. 455 Washington St. Canton, MA 02021. Burial will follow at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.