Helen K. (Kelley) Kinsley, 92, passed away at home in St. Albans with her family by her side on Saturday, October10th, 2020. She was born on July 8, 1928 in Enosburg Falls, daughter of the late Roy and Della (Ploof) Kelley.
She attended school in Underhill when her family moved to a farm on Route 15 and after finishing high school went on to study cosmetology.
She married Perry Kinsley Jr., of Jericho on September 13th, 1947 and they built a house in the Riverside area of Jericho with a spectacular view of Mt. Mansfield. She operated a home beauty salon for many years and at one point taught a kindergarten class there. There were sheep grazing in a next door pasture and we kindergarten kids invariably had to have our turn getting bit by the electric fence. In those years you learned a lot of things by experience which continues to be one of the best means of education.
She was devoted to her home and family and she and Perry lived in the Riverside area of Jericho until 1967 when Perry’s job took him to Newport Vt. for a year. They then lived in Jericho on the Governor Peck Road before moving to St. Albans in 1983. After Perry retired they became snowbirds and spent many winters in Florida.
Helen’s passion was cooking and trying new recipes. She often even cooked special treats for birds and other wildlife. She was an avid reader, and a talented flower grower, taking many prizes every year at the Champlain Valley Fair for her roses and floral arrangements when living in Jericho. After moving to St. Albans Vt., she specialized in and sold hybrid daylilies as well as vegetables for many years. She took great pride in her Vermont and Florida homes, doing much of the up-keep herself simply because she got great enjoyment from it.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Perry; daughter Jane Kinsley Reynolds of Groveton, NH, sisters Marion Haylette and Norma Blow, and brothers Douglas and Robert Kelley. She Leaves behind daughter Debra Kiel and husband Warren of Westford Vt., and daughter Alice Karren and husband Victor of Buckeye Az Grandchildren include Rachel Green with partner Todd Robinson of Waterford, Vt., Scott Green and wife Denise of Waterbury Ctr., Vt., Ben Karren and wife Rikki of Goodyear, Az.., Eli Karren of Austin Tx., Jennifer Arsenault and husband Gary of St. Petersburg Fla., and Robert Reynolds of Groveton NH. Helen has four great-grandchildren; Sienna and Amelia Arsenault, Cecilia Robinson and Granger Karren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mary Kelley of Underhill.
Per Helen’s wishes there will be no calling hours. Inurnment will be at a later date in a private ceremony at the Underhill Flats Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
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