Helen I. Moody


1925 – 2010

LEWISTON — Helen I. (Martin) Moody of Oakwood Drive, Turner, died unexpectedly at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston on Thursday, May 27.

She was the last surviving daughter of Morris and Avis E. Martin, and was born in the early 1920s in Caratunk. The original Martin family were some of the original settlers of Caratunk, after immigrating from Ireland in 1841.

Educated locally, she met and married Paul Moody (deceased 2006) in Gardiner in 1945, shortly after WWII ended. Over the course of her working career, she held various supervisory and managerial positions, and retired from the Clarostat company in 1981.

Throughout her life, Helen provided continual love and support to her family, and will be severely missed. She loved the outdoors and had a great affection for animals and wildlife. Her interests also included gardening, raising house plants and country music.

She is survived by her loving son and caregiver, Timothy Moody of Turner; son, Paul Jr. and his wife, Pam, of St. Augustine, Fla.; daughter Pamela Gnipp and her husband, Joe, of Lewisville, Texas; her son, Richard and his wife, Doreen, of Richmond; son, Bradley and his companion, Betty, of Richmond; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


Besides her parents and husband, Helen was predeceased by sister, Merlene Martin of Caratunk; sister, Agnes Staples of Swans Island; sister, Hazel Matson of Pittston; and sister, Glenis Martin of Gardiner; brother, Bernard Martin of South Paris; brother, Irvin Martin of Pittston; brother, Orin Martin of Sidney; and brother, Wesley Martin of South Portland.

The family wishes to thank the staff (especially Susan, Iris, Randy, Danielle, Pam, Abby, and Jackie) at Russell Park Rehabilitation Center in Lewiston for their endless support and assistance.