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Helen Fletcher Priest

Helen Fletcher Priest Trimper, age 93 and longtime resident of Groton, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018.

 Helen Howard Fletcher, also known as Honey, was born in Ayer on September 1, 1924, the sixth and youngest daughter of the late Howard and Beatrice (Robbins) Fletcher. Raised and educated in Ayer, she graduated from Ayer High School, after which she attended and graduated from Westbrook Junior College in Portland, ME. 

   Following World War II, Helen married Richard F. Priest of Groton. They remained in Groton and raised their four, loving daughters, while owning and managing Brooks Orchards and Priest Ski Tow. She was a devoted wife and homemaker and always supported her family with love and guidance. Richard Priest passed away in 1964.   She was married to Ernest Trimper from 1976 until his passing in 1978.

   Helen enjoyed spending time with her family, and she cherished holiday and special gatherings. She was a longtime member of the First Parish Unitarian Church of Groton, Groton Garden Club, Reading Club, Groton Book Club, Massachusetts Forest Alliance, and Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association. She enjoyed gardening, the outdoors, especially the beaches of Maine and New Hampshire, and traveling.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Dunlaevy (Bill) of Lenox, Cynthia Swezey of Groton, Donna Johnson (Jeff) of Leominster. She was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Vachon of Gray, ME. Helen is also survived by nine grandchildren, Jeff Dunlaevy of Greenville, SC, Pete Dunlaevy of Broomfield, CO, Nicholas Kollarics of Rye Victoria, Australia, Tina Kollarics of Groton, Travis Vachon of San Francisco, Adam Vachon of Minneapolis, MN, Tyler Vachon of Framingham, Emily Johnson of Portland, ME, and Matt Johnson of Saranac Lake, NY, as well as eight great grandchildren. Helen was also predeceased by her five sisters, Marjory Adams, Barbara Lewis, Olive Lawrence, Meredith Adams, and Beatrice (Pat) Haslam.

Family and friends gathered to honor and remember Helen at a graveside service September 5 at 10:30 AM at Groton Cemetery, 242 Hollis Street, Groton.

Donations in her memory may be made to First Parish Church of Groton, PO Box 457, Groton MA 01450, or Nashua River Watershed Association, 592 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450.

Arrangements under the care of Badger Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Groton.  To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: www.badgerfuneral.com

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