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Helen R. King

October 19, 1916 ~ January 2, 2019 (age 102)


 Helen R. (Moran) King, 102, died peacefully on January 2, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 19, 1916, in Holyoke, MA, the daughter of the late Charles E. & Mary Theresa Moran. She grew up in Holyoke and later made her home in Manchester, CT, with her late husband Douglas King. 

She leaves behind her five children, Carol King, Charles King and his wife Marie, Kathleen Reich and her husband Al, Mary Ellen Kaplan and Barbara McCooe. She also leaves behind ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren  

Helen, was predeceased by her husband Douglas King, her siblings, James Moran, Rita Moran, Charles Moran, Mae O’Connell and her son-in-law Marty Kaplan

Helen was a long-time communicant of St. James Church and a member of the Daughters of Isabella. She owned and operated Pero Fruit Stand with her husband Douglas for many years. She loved trips to the casino to play the slots and playing poker with her grandchildren. She enjoyed her daily glass of port wine right up until her final days. She was a wonderful story teller and had a great sense of humor. Helen lived a long, happy and full life and we are sure she is at the poker table watching over us and smiling. 

Calling hours for Helen will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2019, from 2-5 p.m. at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St, Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 896 Main St., Manchester. Guests are asked to please go directly to the church. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to Network Inc., 23 Route 6, Andover, CT 06232 or to the St. James School Foundation, P.O. Box 254, Manchester, CT 06040 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave an online message of condolence for her family, please visit


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Calling Hours
January 6, 2019

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home
400 Main St
Manchester, CT 06040

January 7, 2019

10:00 AM

January 7, 2019

11:30 AM
St. James Cemetery
360 Broad St.

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