Helen M. Beaton

  • BORN: February 20, 1924
  • DIED: October 15, 2014
  • LOCATION: Ellicott City, Maryland

Helen Mildred Beaton, 90, passed away peacefully October 15, 2014, at home, surrounded by family. Born February 20, 1924 to Fred and Mildred Douglas of Belleville, Ontario, Helen was an excellent student and a devoted sister and friend, maintaining childhood friendships her entire life. At 24, Helen married John Rogerson Beaton of Western Ontario and set aside her career to support his. Through tenures at the University of Western Ontario and after immigrating to the United States, the University of Hawaii, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and the University of Maryland where Dr. Beaton retired, Helen raised four children while sewing, knitting, and hosting events from formal dinner parties to neighborhood get togethers, while developing interests in quilting, playing bridge, gardening, reading and golf. Especially in retirement, their passions were family, friends, traveling to the Bahamas and of course golf, though perhaps not
always in that order.

Preceded in death by John, her husband of 63 years, her parents and two brothers, Helen is survived by her sister, Dorothy Goyette, daughters Catharine Jane and Barbara Joy, sons John Douglas and Eric Robert, 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Helen will be remembered as being as smart as a whip, kind, practical, quick-witted and generous, but mostly as the best mom her children could be blessed to have.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Donaldson Funeral Home in Laurel, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Helen's name to Gilchrist Hospice Care 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 434, Columbia, Maryland 21045.

Memorial Visitation
  • October 23, 2014
    4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
  • 313 Talbott Avenue
  • Laurel, MD 20707
  • (301) 725-1690
  • Get Directions
Memorial Donations
  • Gilchrist Hospice Care
  • 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 434
  • Columbia, MD 21045
  • Get Directions


“ Helen--a gentle spirit, a golfer (Paint Branch) who always saved the day with her ability to make successful putts.Dorothy Miller ”

Posted by: Dorothy M Miller - Washington, DC

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