Helen Teresa (Conheeney) Sullivan, 80 years old passed into eternal life on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 12:00a.m. at the Village House Nursing Home in Newport, RI. Helen was a lifelong resident of Newport and a loving mother of five children.

Born on September 2, 1936 in Newport, Helen (Terry) was the daughter of late Helen (Hamilton) Conheeney and James J. Conheeney. She attended St. Catherine’s Academy and graduated in 1954. She was pre-deceased by her sisters Mary Jeanne Sullivan and Elizabeth Cavaca. She is survived by her sons Steven D. Sullivan of North Kingston, Brady M. Sullivan of Middletown, Alan F. Sullivan of Newport, and daughters Deborah L. DeBrango and her husband Joseph of Virginia Beach, VA and Lisa E. O’Reilly and her husband Sean P. O’Reilly of Chesapeake, VA, and six grandchildren Pamela J. Sullivan, Sean A. Sullivan, Ashley M. Kraus, Kellie N. O’Reilly, Matthew A. DeBrango, and Ryan L. DeBrango, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In her younger years, Helen enjoyed going to the beach and taking a drive around the Ocean Drive, which she had a fondness for. She adored her cat “Sadie”. In later years, Helen could be found at the Village House in Newport reading the newspaper, playing bingo, visiting with her family and friends, and watching her favorite show, “The Golden Girls”. She was an accomplished cook and caregiver for many like her mother. Helen was well known in our community. She volunteered delivering meals to the elderly and enjoyed checking in Voters at Carey School. Some of her employment included being a switchboard operator, cook, and caregiver. She was a communicant of St. Augustin’s Church in Newport.

She was formerly married to James Patrick Sullivan for 21 years.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Augustin’s Church, Carroll Avenue., Newport, RI on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow in St. Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown’s Lane, Middletown, RI. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.

Donations in her memory, may be made to the Robert Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840.

Special thanks to the Village House Nursing Home of Newport, RI.

“Worry, why worry.” – Helen’s yearbook caption.

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