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March 5, 2013

Helen M. Boyajian, 90


Methuen, MA — Helen Marie (Kiernan) Boyajian of Methuen, MA died March 4, 2013 with her loving family by her side.

Helen was born in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School in 1940. She was a communicant of Saint Margaret's Church in Lowell and a member of the Women's Sodality.

She started sewing at the age of 7. Her sewing machine, bought in the first year of her marriage in 1946, remained her most treasured possession. Over the years she became proficient in tailoring, millinery, upholstery and quilting, mastering an art form that gave her a lifetime of pleasure. Because of her advanced sewing skills Helen served as a supervisor at the Atlantic Parachute Co. During World War II.

Her post war career was spent at Textron and Raytheon where she worked as a draftsman and precision grinder.

In retirement she did volunteer work. She sewed Baptismal gowns for St. Margaret's Church, helped coordinate social activities at the Nevins Nursing Home and from 1989 to 2002 she made period costumes of the 19th Century "Mill Girl Era" for the Lowell National Park.

In 1995 Helen appeared in the AFL-CIO film, Working For Victory, a tribute to America's WWII workers in which she spoke of life on the home front. As a result of this film she was selected by the American Battle Monuments Commission to speak at the dedication of the WWII Memorial site on the Mall in Washington, D.C. She shared the speakers' platform with President William J. Clinton and other dignitaries and in her speech spoke of how she and others worked to support the troops: "We all worked together. We inherited our brothers' chores. We worked at jobs that were unfamiliar and difficult, but, we were committed and determined. We wrote daily reminding them of the love and support and prayers of family and friends. We sent them pictures and toll house cookies wrapped in the Sports pages. We hung blackout curtains, patrolled the neighborhood and supported the War Fund. We were patriotic, donated blood, used our ration coupons and displayed our service stars. We did all this because they were our boys".

Helen was the wife of William A. Boyajian who died in 2007. She is survived by her son William of Cambridge, MA, her daughter Patricia and son-in-law Robert Harrington of Methuen, MA, her beloved grandchildren Thomas Harrington of Abington, MA and Kate Harrington of Dracut, MA, her sisters Kathryn Denault of Lowell, MA and Mary Kiernan of Florida, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Edward, Raymond, Cormick, John and Richard Kiernan and Margaret Davis.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly welcome to visitation on Wednesday in the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, MA from 4pm-7pm. Her funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10am in the Funeral Home. Burial to follow in St. Mary's cemetery, North Tewksbury, MA. Please see www.cataudellafh.com to leave the family a condolence.