Born May 20, 1932, Helen Provencal, a 27-year Herron Island resident, died April 8 at the age of 85 surrounded by family. Helen dearly loved her family and her animals. She was a lifelong member of a local jazz society and loved to dance.

Originally from Maine, Provencal was raised in a Salvation Army family and found great joy by dancing in numerous performances while in high school. 

Helen and her husband Richard were married for 57 years. They raised their family in California. They operated a very successful septic business, raised Arabian horses and dogs. The family eventually moved to the Vaughn area, and later to Herron Island. Helen is survived by daughter Torey (Ralph) Bravo, five grandsons and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007; her son, Alan; and her daughter, Roslind.

Helen Provencal was a real “character,” always spoke her mind and had numerous friends across the United States. She will be greatly missed.