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In Memory of

Helen C. Clifford

July 4, 1930 - September 15, 2017

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Helen passed away Thursday 9/14 with her beloved grandchildren at her side.


Helen was born on 7/4/1930 in Standish, NY to Guy C. And Elizabeth (LaFountain) Coolidge. Helens father worked construction therefore she she lived and attended schools in a number of places including Brainardsville,NY, Allentown,Pa. Star Lake,NY and finally settled in West Parishville,NY.


Helen graduated from Parishville Hopkinson High school and attended Potsdam State University and Syracuse university. She had a phenomenal work ethic. She started as a typesetter at the Courier Freeman. Then she pursued a career in...

Helen passed away Thursday 9/14 with her beloved grandchildren at her side.


Helen was born on 7/4/1930 in Standish, NY to Guy C. And Elizabeth (LaFountain) Coolidge. Helens father worked construction therefore she she lived and attended schools in a number of places including Brainardsville,NY, Allentown,Pa. Star Lake,NY and finally settled in West Parishville,NY.


Helen graduated from Parishville Hopkinson High school and attended Potsdam State University and Syracuse university. She had a phenomenal work ethic. She started as a typesetter at the Courier Freeman. Then she pursued a career in health care, starting as a switchboard operator and ended her career in Health Care Administration. She started at Potsdam Hospital, worked at St.Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Mercy Hospital in Watertown, Upstate University Hospital and ended her career with Onondaga County Medical Examiners office and Public Health. She was a hard worker and saw every job as an opportunity and a challenge. She retired in her later years to her precious Siesta Key, Fl.. She carried on her work ethic at St. Michaels church in Siesta Key where she attended mass daily, served as an altar server and delivered communion to those that couldn't get out. She was active in the Ladies Guild. She was also active in the Siesta Key condo association and her beloved Beachaven condo board.


She is predeceased by her parents, her brother who was killed in an accident while building the St. Lawrence Seaway, her husband Dr. Joseph Clifford and Lawrence (Bud) McKenna and her daughter Bobbi (Joseph) Brabant.


Helen is survived by her sister in law Marge Slocum of Henderson,NY. , her daughters Bonnie (Ed) Sharrit from Orlando; Deborah (Leo) Grant of Potsdam and her son Charles McKenna of Boston. Her sons in law Joseph Brabant and Bruce Kent. Daughter in law Sheri Hewitson. Her grandchildren Katherine Smith, Christine Sharrit of Orlando. Michelle (Mike Morse) Kent; Sarah (Gerald)Yette and Christopher (Michelle McMahon) Kent all of Potsdam; Andrew McKenna of Seattle, Wa.; Matthew (Maggie) McKenna of Potsdam and Jeffrey Brabant of Austin Texas. She has 9 great grandchildren who she adored.





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Helen passed away Thursday 9/14 with her beloved grandchildren at her side.
Helen was born on 7/4/1930 in Standish, NY to Guy C. And Elizabeth (LaFountain) Coolidge. Helen's father worked construction therefore she lived and attended schools in a number of places including Brainardsville, NY, Allentown, PA. Star Lake, NY and finally settled in West Parishville, NY.
Helen graduated from Parishville Hopkinson High school and attended Potsdam State University and Syracuse University. She had a phenomenal work ethic. She started as a typesetter at the Courier Freeman. Then she pursued a career in health care, starting as a switchboard operator and ended her career in Health Care Administration. She started at Potsdam Hospital, worked at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Mercy Hospital in Watertown, Upstate University Hospital and ended her career with Onondaga County Medical Examiner's office and Public Health. She was a hard worker and saw every job as an opportunity and a challenge. She retired in her later years to her precious Siesta Key, Fl.. She carried on her work ethic at St. Michael's Church in Siesta Key where she attended mass daily, served as an altar server and delivered communion to those that couldn't get out. She was active in the Ladies Guild. She was also active in the Siesta Key condo association and her beloved Beachaven condo board.
She is predeceased by her parents, her brother who was killed in an accident while building the St. Lawrence Seaway, her husband Dr. Joseph Clifford and Lawrence (Bud) McKenna and her daughter Bobbi (Joseph) Brabant.
Helen is survived by her sister in law Marge Slocum of Henderson, NY, her daughters Bonnie (Ed) Sharrit from Orlando; Deborah (Leo) Grant of Potsdam and her son Charles McKenna of Boston. Her sons in law Joseph Brabant and Bruce Kent. Daughter in law Sheri Hewitson. Her grandchildren Katherine Smith of Fort Drum, Christine Sharrit of Orlando. Michelle (Mike Morse) Kent; Sarah (Gerald) Yette and Christopher (Michelle McMahon) Kent all of Potsdam; Andrew McKenna of Seattle, WA; Matthew (Maggie) McKenna of Potsdam and Jeffrey Brabant of Austin Texas. She has 9 great grandchildren who she adored.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, September 18th at 11am at St. Mary's Church in Potsdam, NY with Rev. Stephen Rocker. Calling hours will be held on Sunday the 17th from 3-6pm. Contributions in her memory to St. Mary's Church in Potsdam or St. Michael's Church in Siesta Key, Florida.
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