Zephyrhills, FL, and Unity
- Helen M. Waltz, 89, beloved Auntie, of Zephyrhills, Florida, and Unity, Maine, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 18, 2017, sung into His presence by her nieces and nephews.
Helen was born in Portland, Maine, on May 6, 1928, and was raised in Passadumkeag, Maine. She graduated from Lee Academy in 1946. She had various jobs throughout her life including caregiver of her parents and others; The Tannery in Howland; the Tree Farm; The Hatchery in Unity, and long lasting 25 years of service at Lykes Pasco Orange Juice Company.
Throughout her life, Helen belonged and served in multiple organizations. As a young person, she belonged to the Pine Island 4-H Club and exhibited at the fairs. She won honors going to the National 4-H Convention in both Chicago and Washington, D.C. She belonged to the Passadumkeag Baptist Church and Faith Baptist Church of Zephyrhills. She had been Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star of Milo. Becoming Chair of the Missions Committee at Faith Baptist and a 60 year member of Benjamin Berry Post #50 Auxiliary were two of her most treasured positions.
But, the thing she loved the most, was just being Auntie. She was Auntie to twenty nieces and nephews and many others. "Just call me Auntie," she would say. Auntie had a very generous heart and would help anyone in need. In her younger years, she would often bring a group of cousins to her cottage where they would play, swim and made lifelong, lasting memories - (there was no T.V. or internet back then!). She made the best popcorn in her cast iron frying pan and there was always a little fire in the woodstove.
After retirement, Auntie became a "snowbird" and enjoyed companionship with her special brother-in-law, Mavor. She took on the role of his caregiver as well when it was needed.
This fall, Auntie wanted to stay in Maine to be closer to family. She transitioned to Sunbury Village in Bangor, Maine, to be centrally located between all of her families and loved all it had to offer. She loved that her nieces and nephews could visit, spend the night or take a nap on her new couch. She was always ready to go and enjoyed Thanksgiving this year with family and was able to be at several "cousin crafting" events, even hosting one to teach the art of doughnut making.
Helen is survived by two brothers and their wives, Wesley and Ella Waltz and Harold and Judy Waltz, both from Millinocket, Maine; sister-in-law, Marilyn Waltz of Florida; and her nieces and nephews, Sandra Hatch, Pauline Hall, Barbra Seeley, Verna Boyington, Glenda Crosby, Sheila Clements, Charles Clark, Robert Clark, Judy Fortin, Lynne Estes, Paul Clark, Jeffery Waltz, Bonnie DeMoranville, Christine Waltz, David Waltz, Tina Reed, James Waltz, Carrie Waltz, Richard Waltz, and Linda Waltz, plus their families. She is also survived by multiple dear friends and special neighbors, Sue and David Mann and Deborah and Hugh Shaw.
She was preceded by her parents, Wilmot and Hannah B. Chapman Waltz; sisters, Muriel Grover and Evelyn Clark; brother-in-law, Francis Mavor Clark; and brother, Robert Waltz.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln, Maine, where visiting hours will be on Friday, December 22nd, at 12:00 p.m. with services to follow at 1:00 p.m. The family invites you to join them for a celebration immediately following the services.
Those wishing to remember Helen are invited to make donations to the Waltz/Clark Endowed Scholarship at Husson University, One College Circle, Bangor, Maine 04401; or the Faith Baptist Church, 38634 Highway 54 East, Zephyrhills, Florida 33542.Condolences may be expressed at www.clayfuneralhome
Published on  December 20, 2017