Helen L. Paquette
Helen L. Paquette
  • April 28, 1923 - July 27, 2017
  • Manassas, Virginia

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Helen Paquette was born in Ironwood, Michigan, in 1923, the middle child of seven children of Anna and Arthur Houle. After graduating from St. Ambrose High School, where she was homecoming queen and played on the basketball team, she moved to Washington, DC to work for the State Department as a secretary. After WWII, she worked at the American Legation in Switzerland and traveled throughout Europe; skiing the Swiss Alps, touring the great cathedrals, and visiting art galleries. Returning to the US, she worked for the Department of the Army in Denver, Anchorage, and Detroit, where she met and married her husband Clarence (Bud) Paquette, Jr. In 1969 they moved to Fairfax, Virginia, with their daughter, Patty.

In addition to being a smart, well-travelled, faith-filled and hard-working woman, Helen was also a gifted artist who studied at the Verve Gallery in Detroit, Michigan; the Detroit Art Institute; and the Famous Artists School of Westport, Connecticut. Her body of work includes still life, landscape, seascape, abstract, and portraits. She taught oil painting at the St. Francis School for Boys in Detroit, Michigan, and was a member of the Vienna Arts Society and the Fairfax Art League of Fairfax, Virginia. She was juried into numerous shows throughout Northern Virginia and won awards at many exhibits including 1998 “Best of Show” in the Annual Juried Show sponsored by the Fairfax Art League. A highlight of her artistic career was designing the cover of the 1975 edition of Story of a Soul, The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Patty, son-in-law, Michael, her six beloved grandchildren Sarah, David, Theresa, Christopher, James and John, and two great-grandsons, Cayden and Alastair, as well as her brother-in-law Br. Bryan Paquette, her sister-in-law Francis Muszynski, (Bob) and numerous loved nieces and nephews and their children.