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Earle Graham Helton

Earle Graham Helton, 89, a resident of Ipswich, and husband of sixty-six years of Virginia E. “Ginnie” (French) Helton, passed away in his home early in the morning of August 14, 2019.

Earle was born in Jacksonville, FL on November 22, 1929. He was raised by his mother Claire and father Max with his two sisters and one brother all over the south, eventually graduating from Decatur Boy’s High School in Atlanta, GA. He was recruited by the N.R.O.T.C., which subsequently awarded him a full scholarship to Princeton University. While at Princeton, he was on the fencing team and a member of Campus Club. He graduated in 1951 with a degree in Chemistry and Naval Studies.

After Princeton, Earle served proudly in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant J.G. on the U.S.S. Norris, an antisubmarine destroyer. Earle and Virginia married in 1953 in Boylston. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he began working for Proctor & Gamble in 1954 as a research chemist and regulatory specialist, working on the development of many products and pharmaceuticals that are now household items. He also worked for Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals in Norwich, NY.  All in all he worked for P&G for thirty-nine years before retiring happily with Virginia to a home overlooking the Ipswich River on Great Neck.

Earle loved gardening, music, animals and most of all, his family.  He enjoyed traveling to Melanie’s opera performances, looking for his son Mark on television running a camera at Celtics games and the Boston Pops, and praising Amanda’s skills as a fine quilter and crafter. He always loved listening to Ginnie play the organ and for a time was an enthusiastic bell ringer.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters, Melanie Helton of E. Lansing, MI and Amanda Helton of Ipswich; a son Mark C. Helton of Watertown; a grandson, Alexander J. Manley-Helton of Malden, and a brother, James M. Helton of NC. He was the brother of the late Maxine Brooks of AL and Marlene Hawes of OH.

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care Dimensions (https://give.caredimensions.org/) for their amazing hospice care, or the Ipswich Humane Group (http://www.ipswichhumanegroup.org/-donate1.html).



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