Helen E. McCracken

May 27, 2014
Helen E. McCracken

Camden — Helen Elizabeth (Rose) McCracken, 101, passed away peacefully May 19, 2014, at Quarry Hill in Camden.

Helen was born in Brewer Sept. 19, 1912, the second daughter of Victoria H. and Andrew H. Rose. Helen was a member of the Calgary Baptist Church while living in Brewer. She was a graduate of Brewer public schools and earned a degree from Washington State Normal School in Machias, now the University of Maine Machias.

She taught elementary school for several years in Brewer. She was married to Howard (Ben) F. McCracken for 65 years, raised three children, and traveled to many destinations while Ben followed civil engineering jobs across the world. Helen was a lifelong learner, always keeping a dictionary, an atlas, and a medical encyclopedia close at hand. Helen’s most remarkable quality was the ability to be resilient and make the best of every situation or challenge she encountered in life.

She is predeceased by her husband, Howard and sister, Gladys H. McClay, of Bangor. Helen attributes her long and healthy life to the loving attention of her family and friends.

The McCracken family would like to express their gratitude to the caregivers at  Anderson Inn for their kind and compassionate care to Helen.

Helen is survived by her three children; Dr. Howard (Skip) McCracken Jr., of Waterville, James and his wife Nancy, of River Forest, Ill., and Andrea and her husband Robert (Bob) Maricich of Las Vegas, Nev. She was cherished by her eight grandchildren; Andrew, Benjamin, Katherine (Katie), Parker, David, R.J., Luke, and Zach, her four great-grandchildren, and five nieces and nephews.

Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Condolences and memories may be shared with the McCracken family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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