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Helen Cecilia Kavanaugh

August 12, 1911 January 5, 2013
Helen Cecilia Kavanaugh
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Obituary for Helen Cecilia Kavanaugh

Helen Cecilia Kavanaugh a resident of Milford since 1975 died on Saturday, January 5, 2013. She was 101 years, 4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days old. Born on August 12, 1911 in Loogootee, Indiana, she was the third eldest and last surviving of Ira and Maude (Clements) Webber�s eleven children, growing up during the First World War and Great Depression on a small farm where self-reliance and hard work, strong faith and family love were the lessons of her upbringing.
After high school she went to work as a nurse for the local General Practitioner who paid her $3.50 per week for her assistance with flus and farm injuries, heart attacks and home births. In an age of high infant mortality, the doctor would allow the young nurse to baptize the sickly infant. Later she took work as a coroner�s clerk and medical receptionist in Indiana.
On the 4th of July in 1936, after a proper courtship, she married Bernard Kavanaugh, and the young couple moved to Detroit where he took work as a milkman with Borden Dairies and they started their family. Her beloved �Bernie� preceded her in death in 1980 after 44 years of marriage.
Helen, who despite advancing years and failing eyesight, lived in her small bungalow until very recently. With the help of her children, she was active in Milford Senior Citizens, working with Meals on Wheels, and enjoyed local garage sales and collecting antiques.
She loved to read and was a natural poet and all of her life wrote verses to make sense and keep a record of her experiences, hopes, fears, joys and sorrows. She wrote poems to her husband and children and even one to President Roosevelt in the middle of the Depression.

And I sure hope that my dear dad
Will get a job sometime
Because it has been four long years
Since he has made a dime.

We�re thankful God has blessed our home with
Eleven little ones,
But it keeps mother budgeting
With so limited funds.

But now, dear President, we know
That you will do your best,
For most people are now being tried
Through this �depression test.�


Mostly Helen Kavanaugh was deeply devoted to her faith and family. A long time member of St. Mary�s Church, her trust in God�s goodness made her grateful and hopeful for every new day of her long and happy life. And she knew she could count on her large and extended family for company and care.
Preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon (Mrs. Jack) Adams, Helen is survived by her sons and daughters: Patrick (Linda) Kavanaugh, Nancy (David) Van Derworp, Maureen (George) Raab and Michael (Irenaanna) Kavanaugh. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and their families who join together in mourning the death of a dear woman giving thanks to God for the life of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mary�s Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford, on Wednesday, January 9, at 10AM. Burial will follow at Milford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Monday 5-9PM and Tuesday 2-9PM. Vigil Service Tuesday 7PM. Memorials may be made in her name to Community Sharing. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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