Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington
Helen Pardington

Obituary of Helen Pardington

MANCHESTER - At age 93, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the

M. M. Ewing Continuing Care Center, Canandaigua, NY. A “Celebration of Life”

service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the First Baptist

Church, Manchester, NY. The family will greet friends from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

prior to the service.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband Albert T. Pardington, Jr.; her

daughter Jean Marie Burr (David) of Branchport, NY; her son Thomas Albert

Pardington of Geneva, NY (Evelyn); and four of her five siblings: brothers Eugene R.

Potter and Lyndon H. Potter; sisters Charlotte M. (Potter) Tuttle and Jeanette (Potter)

(Gilfus) Ameele.

Helen is survived by her daughter Roberta Helen Agnew (Donald) of Fairport,

NY; brother Grover E. Potter (Janet) of Daytona Beach, Fl; her son-in-law David Burr

of Branchport, NY; grandchildren Matthew A. Burr (Karen) of Chenango Forks, NY and

Adam C. Burr of Corning, NY; her daughter-in-law Evelyn Pardington of Geneva, NY;

her grandchildren David S. Agnew (Marcia) of Chili, NY, and Daniel S. Agnew of

Rochester, NY; great grandchild Kendra M. Burr of Chenango Forks.. Also survived

by her “best buddy”, Hazel Potter, widow of her brother Lyndon; and numerous nieces

and nephews and their families.

Helen was born in Canandaigua, NY, June 24, 1924, to Grover and Geraldine

(Hawkes) Potter, who at that time raised fresh garden vegetables in Manchester for

area grocers and resellers. She attended Red Jacket Central school where she

played the clarinet in the band. Her mother died when Helen was eight so she grew up

performing many household and farm chores and always was busy caring for others in

her large family that included her five siblings.

Helen married Albert Pardington of Manchester in November 1942. He served in

the Army Air Corps maintaining and repairing bomber aircraft at a base in England

during WWII. After returning safely to Manchester after the war, he and Helen became

very active in the Manchester First Baptist Church, taking member leadership roles,

assisting on committees, helping others, and supporting many church-related events.

Christmas and Easter were very important holidays to Helen. Her willingness to

volunteer continued to her senior years--she was still helping to do kitchen tasks for

church dinners at age 90.

In February 1946 her father died suddenly in an auto accident in Macedon, NY. Al

and Helen acquired a home they were renting, a small cottage built in Manchester

village in the late 1800’s. It remained Helen’s residence ever since.

She and Al enjoyed bicycling and hiking in their early years together. They often

went square dancing. Her physical stamina was noted by many. She kept “farm

hours” most of her life, going to bed early and getting up by 5 am, then routinely

walking several miles at an amazing pace. She was constantly busy: baking her

special lemon pies which she often donated; doing projects with her group of “Sewing

Club” partners; in recent years lunching with the “Church Lunch Bunch”; hosting

get-togethers for her brothers and sisters families, neighbors, and co-workers, She

was a primary supporter of the annual summer “Potter Picnic” for all her relatives for

over 30 years. Family and children were her delight and joy.

During her younger married years she worked as a clerk at Sibley’s department

store in Newark, NY, later at a bakery in Manchester, and then in the quality

assurance group at Garlock in Palmyra, NY, until she retired.

Helen enjoyed log-cabin and trailer camping (Adirondacks, Thousand Islands),

fishing, picnics at parks, playing cards (euchre and pinochle especially), socializing

with friends and members of the church, enjoying parades, the state fair, and traveling.

With Al and friends over the years she visited Branson and St. Louis, Mo., saw the

Kentucky Derby, and went by ferry to Nova Scotia. With her sister Jeanette she made

a surprise flight to Florida to celebrate her brother Grover’s 50th wedding anniversary.

She and Al joined the Agnews in a pop-up camper tour thru Idaho, Washington,

Oregon (camping below Mount Hood, Newport beach park on the Pacific ocean, and

Crater Lake), and California (Sunnyvale and San Francisco). With daughter Jean and

David Burr she visited Las Vegas and Nevada sites. She and Al loved to make their

own ice cream and to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables. Her early exposure to

garden farming gave her an advantage in producing lovely vegetables and flowers.

She maintained bird feeders and cherished the return of hummingbirds.

Helen was a devoted mother and wife. She set an exemplary standard for her

children. She will be remembered and greatly missed.

The family thanks the nurses and staff at the Ewing Continuing Care Center for

their devoted attention to Helen and the outstanding comfort assistance given Helen.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to a charity of your choice, or to

Manchester First Baptist Church, 54 South Main St., Manchester, NY 14504, or the

Manchester Fire Department, MFD-17, PO Box 414, Manchester, NY 14504.