Helene Louise Lynn, 79, passed away on Monday May 9 after complications from a stroke. She will be missed. Helene was a longtime resident of Manhattan Beach but her roots were in New England. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 29, 1931. She was the oldest daughter of John Dias Sr. and Helen McKendry and spent her formidable years growing up in Milton, Massachusetts. In 1956, she and her best friend Helen packed up and headed for California. The South Bay would never be the same. She landed in Hermosa Beach and began work for North American Aviation. In 1959 she would attend a dance in Inglewood where she would meet a young sailor, and future husband Bob. They were married on September 3, 1960 in Milton, Massachusetts. Moving to Manhattan Beach in 1960, Helene & Bob soon had a blossoming family. Three children, Jodi, Cheryll & Patrick all came in the first three years. Having been involved in Girl Scouts since she was a girl, Helene was soon overseeing local Troop 883 with her daughters. Many a Girl Scout cookie passed through her troop over the years. American Martyrs saw all of Helene & Bob's kids through 8 years each but it was, "Mrs. Lynn, The Yard Duty Lady" that many would come to remember her by. Helene loved art. She loved to paint and did so quite often. Her love of painted figurines brought her great pleasure and cheer but it was her love of telling good stories to her friends that made Helene happy. She could make people smile by making a common occurrence seem like a major event. Playing cards was not just playing cards. It was a roundtable of events. "Do not cry for me, I've had a good life" was a message Helene left for her family which included Husband Bob, daughters Jodi (Roy), Cheryll (Scott) and son Patrick (Glynis), grandson Jon and granddaughter Ashley and brothers Paul & Peter as well as extended family Helen and Bunny. "In life I have had lovely flowers from my family and I enjoyed each and every blossom". In lieu of flowers, and if you're so inclined, please send whatever donation you can to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). There will be a rosary at White & Day Mortuary on Tuesday May 17 at 7:00PM.

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  1. Dear Bob, I have enjoyed knowing you and Helene. I know you will grieve her passing, she was a wonderful person. Lake

  2. Dear Bob, I have enjoyed knowing you and Helene. I know you will grieve her passing, she was a wonderful person. Lake

  3. It’s a shame I did not get to know Helene until fairly recently. My loss, too (in a small way compared to yours).

  4. Helene was a great role model and inspiration to me’ She will always be remember in my heart as a woman who strongly loved her husband, children, grandchildren and her dogs!!! She was always ready to sit down and have a cup of coffee and make me laugh. She had a great zest for life and it was infectious. Helene will be missed but I am sure she has found place in Heaven. Katie Wood

  5. Parties, whether private or Walking Group, were special times to get to know Helene. She shared her smile easily, even when Eileen & I visited her in her care center. Love, Donna/Doug Lock

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