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Date of Birth: January 20, 1934

Date of Death: December 31, 2018

Helen Marie O’Rourke, 84, died on December 31, 2018 in Sun City, AZ surrounded by her family. She was born on January 20, 1934 in Boston, MA, the daughter of Joseph E. O’Rourke, Sr., and Mary E. O’Donnell.   She is a graduate of Cardinal Cushing High School, Boston, MA. and later attended Glendale Community College while living in Arizona. She was employed by New England Telephone, Boston, MA as an operator before starting her family with her first husband, Henry P. Doherty, Jr. with whom she had four children, Patrick J. Doherty, Brian E. Walsh, Caroline M. Rooks, and Kathleen R. Gray. She was subsequently married to C. Thomas Walsh with whom she had a daughter, Mairead H. Herman. In her life, Helen was always working to care for her family.   In addition, she sold Avon, Mary Kay, and Tupperware; she owned and operated a neighborhood convenience store and restaurant and an apple pie business in NH. In Arizona, she provided child day care from her home.  She was the office manager for Co-Dependents Anonymous in Phoenix.  She was a customer service representative for many years, working at Cigna, United Healthcare, Benesight, and Southwest Service Administrators until her retirement in 2014. Helen loved to cook, bake, and decorate cakes.   She was an avid crafter - everything from ceramics, needlepoint, crocheting, beading, and tole painting.  She was an accomplished seamstress – always making clothes for someone in her younger years.   She was very proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed genealogy. Helen leaves us all with a lifetime of wonderful memories and will be greatly missed by her entire family and friends. She is survived by all of her children and their spouses, Karen Doherty, Kathy Walsh, Michael Rooks, Rodney Gray, and Rick Herman.    She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.    She is also survived by her brother, Joseph E. O’Rourke Jr.; his wife, Elaine; nieces and nephews.          

Service Information

Visitation - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Best Funeral Services - 9380 W. Peoria Ave, Peoria, AZ Funeral Mass - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Joachim & St. Anne, 11625 N 111th Ave, Sun City, AZ followed by a Funeral Procession to her final resting place at Holy Cross Cemetery 10045 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ