Helen Dorethea (Hassell) Furtney, 90, of Dover, NH, was born in Boston on January 27, 1927. She entered Heaven’s gate on November 6, 2017.
She was the daughter of the late George & Emma (Eisner) Hassell. She was raised in South Boston and graduated South Boston High School, class of 1944. In her teen years she was an active member of the Masonic organization, International Order of Rainbow for Girls and later joined Eastern Star. On Oct. 3, 1957 she married her loving husband of 53 years, the late Morton Raymond Furtney, exchanging their vows at Christ Church Episcopal in Quincy. They raised two boys, Kris and Ken, in Quincy and later Braintree. Later in life Helen and Ray enjoyed traveling, especially taking many cruises to the Caribbean. Helen was an active parishioner at Christ Church, and throughout the years voluntarily served many roles behind the scenes.
After Morton’s passing in 2011, she moved from Braintree to the Watson Fields Assisted Living Facility in Dover, NH, where she lived the last nearly six years of her life.
She is survived by her son Kris and his wife Sheila of Barnstead, NH and Ken and his wife Patty of Pembroke. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Matt and his wife Kristen, Laureyn and her wife Lauren, Steven, Emily and Anna, and one great granddaughter Ellie Jane.
The family wishes to give a special thanks to John, Wendy and all the staff at Watson Fields for providing such superb care to Helen. Helen truly felt that Watson Fields was home and the staff were all members of her extended family.
Her funeral, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited, will be held Friday, Nov. 17, at 11am in Christ Church Episcopal, 12 Quincy Ave, Quincy, with the Rev. Clifford R. Brown, Rector, officiating. Interment to follow at 1:45pm at the MA National Cemetery at Bourne. The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov 16 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Hamel Funeral Care & Cremation Service, 26 Adams St, Quincy Center.
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to either Watson Fields Assisted Living Facility, Dover NH, or Christ Church Episcopal, Quincy MA.
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” – Psalm 56:3.