Obituary: Helen Graves Berrien, age 100

A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 25th at 11 am at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church.


Helen Graves Berrien, age 100, of Shelton and longtime resident of Milford, beloved wife of the late C. Gordon Berrien, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the Bishop Wicke Healthcare Center of Shelton. 

Born in Milford on August 14, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Grace Barber Graves. Helen and her late husband were co-founders and operators of the Milford Boat Works. She was a member of Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, the DAR, the Milford Historical Society, and was actively involved in square dancing with her husband. 

Helen volunteered at the Taylor Library in Milford, at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and also at the New England Fire & History Museum in Brewster, Massachusetts. An avid knitter throughout her life, Helen was active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry while she resided at Wesley Heights and the Wicke Center. 

She is survived by her three sons, Allen Berrien of Milford, David Berrien of Tallahassee, Florida and Peter Berrien of Dennis, Massachusetts. Helen is also survived by twelve grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren, and thirteen great-great grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 25th at 11 am at , 176 South Broad St. Milford. Burial will be private. 

Arrangements are being handled by the , 107 Broad Street On the Green, Milford, CT 06460. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to the Bishop Wicke Healthcare Center Activity Fund, 584 Long Hill Rd., Shelton, CT 06484.


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