Helen L. Austin
Fraga (née Patton), 96, died on Monday, July 3, 2017, peacefully
in her Ipswich home following a brief illness.
Helen was the
only child of the late James Lothrup and Augusta (née Worthy)
Patton. She grew up in Salem and Peabody, where she attended
public schools. She maintained a lifelong friendship with a
small group of her school “chums,” meeting them regularly for
lunch over the years.
marriage to the late James W. Austin, Helen became a lifetime
resident of Ipswich. During the 1940s, Helen worked at Sylvania
in Ipswich. While raising her family, she studied sewing and
tailoring at Essex Agricultural School and made beautiful
clothing for herself and her daughters (and their dolls!). She
was also an accomplished knitter and cook. (The college care
packages she sent to her granddaughter were the envy of the
entire dorm.) She was an avid reader all her life, and she loved
Helen worked for
David M. Jewett, MD, in Ipswich and later served as the director
of the former Coburn Home in Ipswich where she helped create and
manage a late-life community for six women.
survived by two daughters, Carol Austin and her husband, Tom, of
Ipswich and Jan Howarth and her husband, Harry, of Gloucester;
two granddaughters, Jamie Wallace of Ipswich and Amanda Sweet of
Watertown; and one great-granddaughter, Meghan Wallace of
arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich.