1923 – 2014

AUBURN — Helen C. McGuire, 90, of Lewiston, died peacefully April 26, following a period of declining health.

Helen was born in Medford, Mass., on Dec. 6, 1923, the younger of two children born to Clair V. Chesley Sr. and Maryella (Rendall) Chesley. She was raised and educated in Hanover, N.H., and Auburn, graduating from Edward Little High School in 1941. She also graduated from Pelletier’s Beauty School in 1944.

She married Richard D. Attwood in 1946, and together they raised four sons. In 1980, she married Francis L. McGuire of Auburn.

She was a homemaker for much of her adult life. She became an avid bowler and golfer during her midlife, being a longtime participant in the Friday Bowling League and a member of Summit Springs Golf Course.

She was a volunteer at CMMC, having contributed more than 14,000 volunteer hours over a 20-year period. She also was a longtime member of the High Street Congregational Church, Auburn.


Many of her happiest times in life found her knitting (hundreds of pairs of mittens, hats and sweaters for family or church fairs) or in her kitchen making cinnamon rolls for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three sons, R. Deane Attwood Jr. and wife, Susan, of Windham, Paul S. Attwood and wife, Kathy, of Minot, and Craig P. Attwood of Vail, Colo.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by stepchildren, Jeanne Hosmer and husband, Donald, of Cave Creek, Ariz., Michael McGuire and wife, Mary, of Florence, Mass., Coreen Robert and husband, Normand, of Minot, and Stephen McGuire and wife, Jane, of Auburn; and step-son-in-law, Peter G. Small of Lewiston; together with their children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her dedicated companion of 10 years, Philip R. Cyr.

Helen was predeceased by her parents; her husbands; a brother, Clair V. Chesley Jr.; a son, Mark C. Attwood; and a stepdaughter, Donna Small.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of Androscoggin Hospice Care for their devoted service during the final days of Helen’s life.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed at www.lynchbrothers.com.

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