Helen Jewell (Woodsom) MacBurnie
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Rowley, MA - Helen Jewell Woodsom MacBurnie, 91, died peacefully in her sleep under the compassionate care of Seaview Retreat and Beacon Hospice on October 4, 2019, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Helen was born on February 6, 1928, in Amesbury, Mass., to the late Jewell D. and Stella Woodsom. It was Helen's privilege to have been raised at the Woodsom Farm with her eight siblings. Growing up a farm girl instilled in Helen perseverance, a strong work ethic, and undeniable love and loyalty to family. Helen delighted in sharing memories of the farm's beauty as well as the antics and escapades she shared among the camaraderie of siblings. In later years Helen found comfort in her nightly rides with Mac along the farm property.

Helen graduated from Amesbury High School in 1947. She met Fred Malcolm MacBurnie, the love of her life, as a teenager. They were married on August 5, 1949, and adored each other for 68 years of marriage never, truly never, leaving each other's side. A love story, for sure. With unconditional love, support, and pride they raised two children, Carol Ann MacBurnie and David Malcolm MacBurnie (Barney) in Newbury, Mass., always ensuring that Carol and David spent inordinate (blessed) time at both the farm and the ocean with family. Helen was a homemaker who excelled in baking and cooking. She worked in food service at Governor Dummer Academy for a decade. She was a member of the First Parish Congregational Church. She played piano, was an avid knitter, and loved nature. She loved Parcheesi (Get the board ready, El!) and played three nightly games of cribbage with Mac. She and Mac "cruised" Newbury and the Wildlife Reservation daily bird watching, particularly turkeys. Her very loved grandchildren, Casey Elizabeth and Andrew David filled her heart as she watched them grow up.

Helen's husband, Mac, predeceased her in 2017. Her son, Barney, predeceased her in 2001. Extraordinarily sad and difficult losses, her family feels solace and comfort knowing Helen is now with them and many other loved ones on the "other side."

Helen is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann MacBurnie; granddaughter Casey Elizabeth Boduch; and her grandson, Andrew David MacBurnie. She leaves her adored siblings, Ruth Twomey, Anna Woodsom, Mary DuGrenier, Sally Anderson, and Marjorie Sicard; and her brother, George Woodsom. She was predeceased by sisters, Harriet Gould and Eleanor DuGrenier.

Helen is survived by brother-in-laws Duncan MacBurnie, A. Douglas MacBurnie, Robert MacBurnie; and sister-in-law Patricia Sayward. She was predeceased by in-laws Jeanie MacBurnie, Richard MacBurnie, Martha MacBurnie, and Everett MacBurnie. Helen leaves 32 nieces and nephews, and their children; all of whom were near and dear to her heart.

Helen, Mom, Nana-we felt your love and you were adored! Sadly missed and always remembered!

A special thanks to Atria and Seaview Nursing Facilities for their compassionate care and expertise in addressing Helen's challenges. Thank you to the Newbury EMT Ambulance team for their many rescues. Bless the Newbury Police Department for their patience and kindness during Helen's early dementia. Thank you to family and friends for visiting Helen. She may not have known you, but you knew her, and you were there!

Thank you to Linda, Diane, and Annie for ALWAYS having my back!

A memorial service for Mac and Helen will be held at the People's United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase Street, Newburyport, on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. Burial for Mac, Helen, and their beloved cat, Duke, will be private at a later date. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.
Published on October 8, 2019


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