Helen M. (Leadbetter) Beckett, 81, of Waldo died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sept. 5, 2016. She was born May 8, 1935, to Norman and Mildred Geneva (Porter) Leadbetter. She married Edward Beckett of Northport and had nine children: Edward Jr., Denise, Wilma, Charles, Eugene, Jon, Pamela, Paula and Dennis.
Helen enjoyed conversations and visits with her many friends, family and relatives. Before her health issues kept her closer to home, she travelled to many country music events and to family camps in Northern Maine. Through the years Helen (Mom) would be the “to go” person if any family member needed clarification with family events, genealogy, cooking tips and sharing favorite family recipes. She especially enjoyed arts and crafts; she always had multiple projects going (needle point, knitting, crocheting) and readily made them gifts to her growing family.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by son Eugene; two brothers, Frederick and Arthur Leadbetter; and sister Anne Saban.
She is survived by brother John Leadbetter; two sisters, Lorraine Erskine and Trixie Jewett; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express our gratitude and thanks to Judy McFadden of Waldo (you were the best friend ever). Also, we would like to acknowledge and thank the attending city ambulance and hospital staff for their professional care of Mom to her end of life.
There will be a graveside gathering at East Northport Cemetery on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m., followed by remembrance and refreshments at Waldo Town Office. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Belfast Fire/Rescue “Jaws” Fund, 131 Church St., Belfast, ME 04915.
Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com