Helen's Story

ROCKPORT - Helen Beal Andrews, formerly of Camden and Falmouth, passed away March 13, 2016, at the Sussman House in Rockport, where she was able to comfortably spend her last days surrounded by family, who are very grateful to the staff for their kind and excellent care.

Helen was born in St Alban's, Vermont, the daughter of Eunice and Howard Beal. Growing up on their farm in Phillips, Maine, she acquired her lifelong values of integrity, self-sufficiency and appreciation of nature. In 1948, she married Evander Willis Andrews Jr. While living in East Madison on Lake Wesserunsett, they had two daughters, Paula and Jennifer, and moved to Camden in 1958.

In Camden, she was active in the YMCA, Extension, the Congregational Church and other community activities. For many years she enjoyed summer trips to the family camp on Rowe Pond in Pleasant Ridge Plantation. She relished her gardens and loved growing roses. In the mid-1960s, the family hosted an AFS student from Japan, Masako Sakata, who has stayed in close touch over the years.

Helen became the operator of Camden Marine, and later, Coastal Communications, the Midcoast's ship-to-shore radio service, and was a familiar and welcoming voice to mariners and islanders for more than 15 years. She would later share wonderful stories of her role in rescues and drug busts, and would recount conversations of celebrities and conversations of normal life that she had facilitated on the airwaves.

After retiring, she and Evander spent many happy winters on Sanibel Island, Florida, where Helen enjoyed walking the beach, volunteering at the library and being with close friends and family who visited frequently. In 2008, they moved to Falmouth to be near family, and after the death of her husband in 2010, Helen continued to enjoy her friendly Falmouth Flats neighbors. She returned to the Midcoast in 2014 and lived comfortably at Bartlett Woods, grateful for the support of the caring staff and for the companionship of the other residents, with many of whom she had shared memories.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Paula Andrews of Clayton, North Carolina, and Jennifer Andrews and her husband, Mark Battista, of Falmouth; and by one beloved grandson, Nicholas Battista and his wife, Meredith Mendelson, of Camden. Helen also received wonderful support and loving care from the staff of Kno-Wal-Lin, for which the family is deeply grateful.

Contributions in Helen's memory to the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) at https://www.mita.org/donate will be welcome by the family.
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