Putnam – Helen (Rice) Miner, 93, of Putnam, died Tuesday, September 14, 2021. She was the loving wife of John Henry Miner, who passed December 30, 2013. Born in Holyoke, MA in 1928, she was the daughter of James and Jennie (Hodak) Rice. She attended school at St. Joseph’s and Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson and moved to Putnam after getting married to John Henry. They were married for over 62 years.
Helen worked in banking for many years. After her career in banking, she went on to help families with home childcare. During her career, she was a member of the National Secretary Association. Many years ago, she was also a member of the Girl Scouts Association and served as a Girl Scout Leader when her daughters were young.
Helen was an avid reader, enjoying murder mystery books. She also loved watching her favorite soap opera, General Hospital, every day at 2:00 pm. She loved to strike up conversations with anyone she came across and would always remember their name!
Helen is survived by two daughters, JoAnn Hall of Thompson, Sharon Miner-Taylor (John) of Manchester, CT; grandsons Brandon and Noel Hall of Thompson; granddaughter, Jacqueline Taylor of Enfield, CT; two brothers, James Rice, Jr. and John Rice (Betsy) of Thompson; three sisters, Mary Babbitt of Thompson, Jenny Beaudry of Southbridge, MA, Jane Nichols of Brookfield, MA; and several nieces and nephews. Helen also leaves behind a special long-time friend Madeline Gastonguay of Spring Hill, Florida.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Gerald Sullivan and his staff for the wonderful care that they have provided over the years for their mother. In addition, the family would also like to thank Matulaitis Nursing Home, especially nurses Brandy and Erin, who had such compassionate care for Helen.
As per Helen’s wishes, her services are private and have been entrusted to Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes and Crematory. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.