Helen Muriel Wight Starrett (affectionately known as "Red"), 90, died March 9, 2013. She was born November 21, 1922, in Canandaigua, N.Y., to Glenn and Helen Wight, the second of three daughters.

After graduating as valedictorian from high school in Canton, N.Y., Red attended St. Lawrence University in 1940, where she met Frederic “Ted” Starrett. Ted enlisted in the Army in early 1942, and Red remained at St. Lawrence to graduate Phi Beta Kappa in 1944. Her trunk is full of newspaper clippings outlining the progress of the war, especially the location of General McAuliffe and his aide, Ted Starrett.

After college, Red went to Washington, D.C., as a state department intern, where she edited daily briefing papers and was part of the delegation in San Francisco during the deliberations for the formation of the United Nations. Red’s involvement in this amazing time in history was always an important memory for her.

Upon Ted’s return from the war, Red and Ted were wed in Belfast on June 9, 1945, and were married for 30 years. Red then moved to Winter Park, Fla., to be near her sisters. True to her love of music, Red supported many symphony and jazz venues in that area. She summered in Maine to visit her grandchildren until moving back to Maine more than 10 years ago.

Red was predeceased by her sisters, Edna Bird and Marjory Dodge.

Red is survived by her son Bruce and his wife, Shirley, recently of New Jersey; her son Frederic “Rick” and his wife, Lil, of Belfast; her grandsons James and Geoffrey Starrett; her granddaughters Heather Carmody and her husband, Daniel, and Jennifer Starrett and her husband, Jayson Johnson; her great-grandchildren Summer Starrett, Jenson Johnson and Teddy Carmody; and her step-grandchildren Joya and Keith Maynard and their families and daughters.

Red died peacefully at Tall Pines Heath Care Facility after a long, debilitating illness. A memorial service will be held April 20 at 11 a.m. at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Sweetser, 50 Moody St., Saco, ME 04072; http://www.sweetser.org/.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com.