CAMDEN — Helene Quinn passed away peacefully Sept. 1, 2020, in her mainland home.

She was born to Hilda and Richard Howard April 12, 1944, at Knox Hospital in Rockland. A loving mother, wife, sister, friend and surrogate “mum” to countless people from all over the world.

Her childhood was spent in Warren on the dairy farm run by her parents, and also summers on Eagle Island in East Penobscot Bay, which she eventually made her home.

She graduated from Warren High School in 1963, and went on to Daytona Beach Jr. College, where she spent two years before transferring to the University of Maine – Orono. She graduated from Orono with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

After college, she moved to Stonington and started substitute teaching. She did this for a number of years before taking the job as secretary to the principal at Deer Isle Stonington Jr. Sr. High School. There, she worked as the secretary for 12 years before moving to Eagle Island full time and starting her own businesses there.

With the return to Eagle, she took up in the long line of strong island women to steward the family land and presided over the most prosperous and abundant time in the 200 year legacy of which she was born. The consummate hostess and genius baker led her to start an island bakery, which served not only those on Eagle but the surrounding islands as well.

Her days began at 2 a.m., so she could catch the mail boat and put fresh baked breads, muffins and donuts on to be delivered to summer residents throughout the bay. Helene was the driving force behind the rebranding of the mail boat to Sunset Bay Company which is still being owned and operated by her immediate family today. Helene lived and worked year round on Eagle until just two years before her passing.

She excelled in everything she put her mind to. Helene was one of the most highly evolved humans. She loved people and had the biggest boundaries for all of humankind. She loved traveling, reading, movies, sewing and gardening as well as cooking and baking. She was a rare beauty both inside and out.

Helene is survived by her husband of 54 years Robert L. Quinn of Eagle Island and Camden; son Andy Arey of Warren and Eagle Island; daughter Treena Quinn-Russo of Camden and Eagle; grandson Sam Russo of Camden; sister Carol Ede of Corvallis, Ore., and Nancy Davis of Alpharetta, Ga.; brother Merril “Boots” Howard of N.C.; many nieces, nephews and countless many people whose lives she enriched with her gift of joy, optimism and grace.

“Choose Joy,” she said and so we must. She is so greatly missed.

There will be a celebration of the life of Helene Quinn at the Island Country Club on Deer Isle in Sunset Maine Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. The following day there will be a small, private celebration for the family at the cemetery on Eagle Island.