Helen Louise Perry, 84: An artist by heart

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Helen Louise (Brown) Perry, 84, of South Portland died March 4, surrounded by her family.

She was born in South Portland on July 24, 1929, the daughter of Sarah Eliza and Axel H. Brown. Also known as “Honey,” she grew up in South Portland with her parents, two brothers and seven sisters. She loved to roller skate and performed in Boston. She was an artist by heart and would paint for her family.

She and her husband, Walter “Bud” Perry were married June 17, 1950.

Perry enjoyed riding bikes to Willard Beach and visiting her sisters. She would sing out loud whenever she cleaned and rocked her babies to sleep. She was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, sporting her cap and rarely missing a game. She greatly enjoyed her retirement and spending time with her family.

She was a graduate of South Portland High School, class of 1949. She is also a past president of the VFW Lady’s Auxiliary Post No. 832.

She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Alfred (Bud) Brown, Robert Sterling; and three sisters, Ruth Crocker, Peggy Davis and Sonder Place.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years; her sisters, Evelyn St.Jean of South Portland, M. Dorothy Duval of Scarborough, Beverly Colby of Casco, Viola Silver of Portland; her children, Buddy and Sandy of Buxton, Rick and Mary of South Portland, Penny and Danny Carrier of South Portland; seven grandchildren, Jamie, Nathan, Kristin, Meghan, Kait, Jordan and Kiley; seven great-grandchildren; Sage, Carmine, Sadie, Bella, Eric, Brynn and Declan; and several nieces and nephews.

Perry’s family would like to extend their gratitude to all the caregivers at Maine Medical Center, Cedars and Hospice for their compassion and dedication in caring for her.

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