Helen M. Arsenault, 84: Loved to travel and play bridge

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SCARBOROUGH — Helen M. Arsenault, 84, died Jan. 6 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough with her family by her side.

Arsenault was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Portland, a daughter of James and Diana Tanguay Mills. She was a 1947 graduate of South Portland High School, where she was the founder of the student newspaper.

She married Ronnie Arsenault at St. John the Evangelist Church on July 16, 1949.

Arsenault was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her beloved grandchildren. She loved all kinds of sporting activities including skiing, bowling, basketball and especially golf. She was a longtime member of the Purpoodock Club and an active member in the Southern Maine Women’s Golf Association. She also loved to play bridge and travel with her husband. 

She was a longtime communicant of Holy Cross Church.

Arsenault was predeceased by her husband, Ronald, and three of her brothers, Arthur Mills, Lloyd Mills and James Mills.

She is survived by her children, Donald Arsenault, Dianne McConnell, Anne-Marie Arsenault, Theresa Arsenault, James Arsenault and Jane Chapman; a sister, Mary Mahoney; brothers Donald Mills and Charles Mills; and 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey, Michael, Sarah, Stephanie, Brian, Kevin, Jane Elizabeth, Thomas, Steven and Sean. 

Visiting hours were held Jan. 8 at Conroy-Tully Crawford in South Portland. Burial will take place in the spring at Riverside Cemetery in Cape Elizabeth.