GREENVILLE, N.C. Helen Grimes Baron, 88, formerly of Dover, N.H., died peacefully on Jan. 17, 2023, in Greenville, NC surrounded by her loving daughters.
Helen is predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Lucien Baron and her brother, George Grimes. She is survived by her daughter Jane Steele and husband Greg of Greenville; daughter Joyce McSweeney of Newbury, N.H.; and daughter Judy Wirtanen of Marshfield, Mass.; grandchildren, Matt Steele and wife Kirstie, Emily Steele Scott and husband, Molick; Drew Steele; Fionna McSweeney, Felicia McSweeney, Meaghen O'Flaherty and husband Ryan; Shannen K Damiano and husband Nick and Jackson Wirtanen; great grandsons Benjamin Steele and Callan O'Flaherty; sister Bernadine Walsh and husband William of Portsmouth, N.H., brother Richard Grimes and wife, Penny of Dover; sister-in-law Midge Grimes and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Helen was born in Dover to George and Juliette Grimes on Sept. 23, 1934. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Dover and was a member of the first four year graduating class. Helen worked in various positions throughout her professional career including The New Hampshire Department of Public Welfare, the Veterans Administration Office; The New Hampshire Foundation for Medical Care; the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and The University of New Hampshire. Helen volunteered in many capacities including the first Conservation Committee in Dover and Friendly Soup Kitchen. Through her volunteer work with St. Joseph's Parish, she helped sponsor two Vietnamese families. She was an active member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Scepulchre of Jerusalem, Northeastern Lieutenancy of the United States for the past twenty-eight years. After their retirement, Helen and Lou traveled on many pilgrimages to Israel, Italy, France and Spain, visiting the Holy Land, Lourdes, Assisi and the Vatican in Rome.
Helen was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Greenville.