Helen D. Hess, 1957-2017

ANDOVER, Vt. – Helen D. Hess 60, passed away on Friday evening Sept. 1, 2017 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She was surrounded by family and love ones.

Helen D. Hess
Helen D. Hess, 1957-2017. Photo provided.

Hess was born Jan. 18, 1957 in Springfield, Vt. the daughter of Carl and Barbara (Collins) Mikkelsen. She graduated from Green Mountain Union High School and later earned an associates degree.

After graduating from high school, Hess traveled across the country to California, hitch hiking and hopping freight trains. She lived in Andover, Springfield, and most recently Morrisville, Vt.

On June 22, 2013, she was married to Charles R. Hess Jr. in Elmore, Vt.

Hess was a stay at home mother for many years and home schooled her children, something she was very proud of. All her children were her greatest joy and proudest accomplishments. Her passions in life were caring for her children, horses, and all things “Planet of the Apes.” She was tremendously talented and artistic, at one point researching and making detailed costumes and makeup related to “Planet of the Apes.”

She worked as a paint specialist for Aubuchon Hardware for six years.

She is survived by her husband Charles “Chuck” Hess Jr., Mother Barbara Mikkelsen, children – John, Joseph, Raymond, Chadrick, Kyle, Ashley, Amanda, Rachel, Tiffany, and Crystal. Nine grandchildren, three brothers – Carl, Robert, and Fred, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her father Carl Mikkelsen and most recently her much loved horse Noble and dog Amelia.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at the Chester Baptist Church in Chester, Vt. Reverend Daryl Martens will officiate.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or to Lamoille Home Health & Hospice 54 Farr Ave, Morrisville, VT 05661.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.

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