(Mary) Helena Churchill

May 15, 1921 to November 15, 2022


To view the funeral service for the late Helena Churchill from St. Teresa’s Parish on Friday, November 19 at 9:30am please follow the link below:


It is with great sadness that the family of the late (Mary) Helena Churchill, announce her passing peacefully away on November 15th 2022, at the age of 101.

Helena was born May 15, 1921, in Stephenville, NL to the late James and Mary Ellen (Cormier) Benoit. She was one of 14 children, with 5 brothers: Patrick, Joseph, Luke, Paul and Isaac as well as 7 sisters, Ellen, Edna, Elizabeth, Madeline, Catherine, Lillian and Josephine. She is survived by her loving brother, Andrew Benoit (Rose), residing in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Helena married the late Eldred Churchill on November 24, 1948. They raised ten children together: The late Wayne (Rose) Churchill, Gloria (Michael) Reddy, Gary (AnnMarie) Churchill, Beverly (Hugh) Cooper, Paul (Jennifer) Churchill, Jane Chaisson, Karen Churchill, Gail Eastman, Jacqueline (Louis) Greene, Christine (Brian) Kelly. Helena was so proud of the incredible adults they have become and the beautiful families they have raised, including 30 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Children were drawn to her, and she was always happiest when they were around.

Helena had a passion for cooking, and she made the best homemade bread, moose pies, and cakes. She was an avid knitter and seamstress, adding her personal touch to many special occasions, from handmade Christmas stockings to intricate wedding and christening dresses. She was known for her keen sense of humour and quick wit, always game for anything. Her beautiful smile would light up a room, and she glowed the brightest when she was surrounded by family and friends.

She was devoted to her faith, having instilled her beliefs and the gift of prayer to countless friends and family. Her kindness was without limit, whether you just met her or she knew you all her life!

Helena will be deeply missed by all who love her – her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and wide circle of family and friends.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 17th from 2-9pm.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Teresa’s, Mundy Pond Road, on Friday, November 18 at 9:30am. The service will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend. The link will be available shortly.

In lieu of flowers, to embody Helena’s generous spirit, we encourage you to donate in her memory to organizations who give to those most in need in our community. Please consider The Salvation Army, The Gathering Place, or your local food bank (donation cards for the food bank will be onsite at Carnell’s).



2-9 p.m. on November 17, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Friday November 18th

St. Teresa's Parish
120 Mundy Pond Rd, St. John's


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I was very saddened to hear of Aunt Lena’s passing a year later, she was such a beautiful lady, I loved to be in her company whenever she visited Madeline.
Condolences to all, so blessed to have had such an incredible lady in your lives for all those years
Bridget (Bride) Meaney ❤️❤️

Rest in Peace Helena. I knew her and her husband from my time in Churchill Falls. I often went to their home after Sunday Church services for coffee. I remember one Christmas being invited back to her place after Midnight Mass for Moose and Meat pies. Wonderful…
My kids taught of her as their grandmother. Such wonderful memories of a beautiful human being.

Christine & Brian
Our sincere condolences on your loss may God bless your family at this time.

Christine, Jackie, Gail, Karen, Jane and Gloria,
My sincere condolences to you all on the loss of your beautiful mother. Rest assured your blessings are many, with an abundance of memories of a full and wonderful life. While it seems like a lifetime ago, I can still remember the smell of her homemade bread like it was yesterday!
God Bless
Karen (Crocker) Kettle

Christine and family-
My sincere condolences on the passing of your precious mother.

Our deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful lady, your Mom. We have many memories of her during our time in Churchill Falls. . Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers..

Our sincere condolences to all the Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time!!

To Christine
Words escape me. My heart goes out to you and your family. I watched the entire live stream. What a truly amazing and wonderful woman your mother was. I saw the great strength your mother gave you as I watched you comfort your brother during the eulogy. It’s never easy losing the matriarch of a an amazing family. Your mother I know will always watch over all of you. I still talk to my mom and I know she can hear me, especially when I screw up and I know you will spend the rest of your life doing the same.
To you and your beautiful family please accept my truest, sincerest heart felt condolences.
Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your mom today
Big Hugs
Your Friend Always
John J Payne
Lincoln NB

To the Churchill family,

My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother, grandmother, great grandmother and more. I have fond memories of her over the years. I remember the last time I saw her, over Christmas a few years ago and she was as spry as ever! What a wonderful life lived and a strong female role
model. May her soul rest peace.

With love,
Jennifer Croke

To all of the Churchill Family.
Cherish your precious memories of such a beautiful soul. She left such a loving impression on so many who were lucky enough to have know her. RIP Mrs. Churchill.

Our condolences to the Churchill family.

Christine, Brian & the Churchill family
Sincere condolences upon the passing of your Mom who was a shining light. A long life lived filled with kindness, respect and love for so many. You are very lucky to have beautiful memories that give you such joy.

Brian and family. Our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Paul and family

Dear Christine,Brian,Meighan Liam and other family members.
I was sorry to hear about Nanny Churchill.
I just watched her service and it was a beautiful tribute to a very special woman.
I am sure you have many wonderful memories to cherish.
Deepest sympathy to you all.

Christine, Brain,Megan and Liam. Our Condolences to you and all your families and her friends on the passing of your mother and grandmother..She was a lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

To the Churchill family and their families

Please accept our sincere condolences for a dear mother and grandmother. She will always be remembered in our hearts.

To the Churchill family
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a beautiful lady and will always be remembered for her kind and generous spirit. May she rest in peace.

Our condolences to all of Lena’s family. She led a long and full life and will be missed by all who knew her.


Dear Christina, Brian, Jackie and family:

When I heard of Lena’s passing and accessed the funeral home site and saw Lena’s picture, I felt sadness and I felt love for one. of the finest people I have met and known
Soon after arriving in Churchill Falls to start my job as a teacher, I met Lena at church and was invited to Lena and Eldred’s home for Sunday brunch. I have to say I had the best cup of tea ever.

As the years passed , I visited the cabin,, had dinners, had many pairs of pants hemmed and visited Lena in St.John”s.

I am also glad that Ann had gotten to meet and get to know Lena as well.

Needless to say, my memories are strong and will not be forgotten.
Rest Lena . xoxo


I will certainly miss Aunt Lena and remember her with fondness. She passed on to us a lot of wisdom and guidance, as well as a lot of humor. I had never seen her with so much as a frown, always loving and gentle. My love goes out to all my cousins and families who gather to say Goodby to a wonderful woman, always a lady.

My sincere condolences to the Churchill Family….Sad to hear of her passing..
Mrs. Churchill was a lovely lady who had a smile for everyone she met & a heart of gold.. She will surly be missed.

Our deepest condolences on the passing of your beautiful mother. So very sorry for your loss.

We are sending our deepest condolences to all members of the Churchill family on the passing of your beloved Matriarch. Mrs. Churchill was a remarkable woman and we have fond memories of the times we spent with her.
May she rest in perfect peace.

My sincere condolences to the Churchill family, RIP Mrs Churchill.

Saddened to hear of Aunt Lena’s passing. Our deepest condolences to Aunt Lena’s family & all who knew & loved her. 💕

Dear Christine, Brian & Churchill family, sending condolences to all of you., during this difficult time. We were so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. Your Mom was a beautiful person & loved by all. . Thinking of you, as you celebrate the life of a wonderful lady..
Hugs, Theresa & Dave

Christine, Brian & family, So sorry for your loss. She was a lovely lady. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Doug & Daphne Percy

Christine, Brian and family,
So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was indeed a wonderful woman.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rest In Peace Mrs. Churchill.

It feels like another lifetime when Christine and I hung out together around Churchill Falls and in each other’s homes. Mrs Churchill was always so welcoming and she had a wonderful sense of humour. I remember her smiling and laughing all the time. I’m so happy she lived long and was able enjoy her growing family for so many years. I hope your happy memories of her comfort you in this sad time.

Dear Paul and the entire Chuchill Family
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your beautiful Mother.
I have fond memories of my teen years hanging out with most of you in your warm and inviting home.
So much fun and laughter and your Mother was as happy as a lark to have a full house with everyone enjoying themselves.
My thoughts and prayers and Heart are with you at this difficult time as you lay your dear Mother to Rest.

Sending our deepest condolences to all the Churchill families and especially to Christine and Family.. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time. I never met your mom but reading all the condolences I would have love to have met this precious and wonderful lady. She was sure loved by all. R.I.P. Mrs Churchill❤️

So many fond memories of Helena from our years in Churchill Falls. One of the most beautiful, kind and loving person I’ve ever met. Condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Helena.

Our deepest condolences to all the Churchill Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Mrs. Churchill..

Sincere condolences to Paul, Gail and all the Churchill family. May your mom Rest in Peace.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your precious Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your beautiful family at this sad time. May Our Dear Lord and His Blessed Mother and all the Angels hold you all close in Their Arms as you’re challenging healing process now begins. With all our heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers,
Andrea & Gary Penney and Family
She now rests in peace 🕊️🕊️🕊️

Mrs. C. was a wonderful woman who was kind of heart and generous of spirit. Her optimism and humour made her a constant joy to be around. To the Churchill family, my condolences. I know that fond memories and moments of laughter will only reinforce what a blessing she was to your whole family.

I was privileged to live at Churchills during my university years. We boarders were accepted as part of Lena’s large and loving family. She was captain of the ship, chef extraordinaire, confidant, referee, psychiatrist … you name it. She made us better people. My love to all the family. May she captain whatever part of heaven she’s in as well as she did the house at 49 Long’s Hill. God bless the Churchill family and celebrate her life as she continues to smile on you.

Our sincere condolences to Mrs. Churchill’s family on their loss of an incredible lady. Helena was a very special person with so much love for people and life. She had such a strong positive attitude in all she experienced in her long life. We will miss our summer visits with her and cherish those beautiful memories. Lots of love. Clarence Merrigan and Sydney Holden

My condolence to the Churchill family. So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. What a beautiful lady she was. I have fond memories of her in the kitchen on Longs’s Hill and yes that great homemade bread. I’m hoping she had a wonderful life surrounded by such a great family and all those precious grandchildren. I will keep you all in my prayers. 🙏

Rest in peace Mrs..Churchill. My condolences to all the families.

She was a wonderful lady, our heart felt condolences to the Churchill family and all her relatives and friends.

I have fond memories of Mrs. Churchill from our early years in Churchill Falls. She was such a kind , pleasant lady. Our condolences to Mrs. Churchill’s family and friends Rest easy lovely lady…

It is with sadness that we offer our sincere condolences on “Mom Churchill’s” passing. As part of the Kelly family, we were privileged to have known & loved her & took great pride in calling her “Mom Churchill”. During this sad time, we wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead & a lifetime of loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.. Sending our love to Brian, Christine, Meighan, Liam & the Churchill family. Take Care & God Bless.

My sincere condolences to the Churchill family. I have great memories of your mom when you guys lived on Long’s Hill, she didn’t care how many of us were in the house as long as we were safe. She lived a great life and raised a lovely family. Cherish her memories. Hugs to you all. Sharon Crickard Hollett

Our condolences to all the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

An amazing woman who raised a beautiful family and left this world a better place! Heaven is welcoming her.

Christine, Brian and family,
We were so saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. What an incredible life so well lived! She was also so fortunate to have you both as her constant, dedicated, loving caregivers. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Susan and Bob MacLeod

So sorry to hear of mrs Churchill s passing. I remember her from Churchill falls days.she made my wedding cake in 1977. My prayers and condolences to all the family.

So sad to hear of aunt Lena’s passing. She certainly was a wonderful lady. She will be missed and remembered by all who met her. Cherish the memories. Condolences to the Churchill family.

Our sincere and deepest sympathy to Jane , Christine, Karen and all the Churchill family on the passing of your mother Helena . I remember her kindness to me when we first moved to Churchill Falls. A beautiful lady inside and out. Cherish all your wonderful memories.

Tom and Pam Phillips

Rest in Peace beautiful lady, so many memories left behind to comfort the many friends & family who had the pleasure of knowing her. Condolences to her children & their families.

Sincere condolences to Paul and family.

RIP Mrs Churchill….A beautiful lady who loved to chat at work with us years ago in Churchill Falls….a nicer person you would never meet ….Condolences to the family

Sincerest sympathies to all the family, but most particularly Christine and Brian, Meighan and Liam. A life well lived and an abundance of wonderful memories don’t make it any easier to say goodbye.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Helena Churchill.

Mac & Carol Campbell
Port Hawkesbury, N.S.

Aunt Lena was an extraordinary woman. She had many challenges over the years but she always moved forward with courage and positivity. She accepted everyone without prejudice. What an incredible example of strength and kindness. She was a tough ol bird and I hope I can be the role model for others that she has been for so many. She always had a smile on and a warm seat beside her from the many arses of her fans. I feel privileged to have known her and find comfort that she’s with our ancestors and will now guide us from the spirit world. ❤️

Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Churchill family during this time of sorrow. May she rest in paradise.

Deepest condolences to the Churchill family on behalf of the Blyde family.

Joanne Blyde

Our condolences to all the Churchill family.

Loved this woman tremendously, many stories told by her when she & cousin Maureen came to Stephenville when her sister Josie also 102 yrs. of age at death was sick in hospital, , both Andy & I loved her time with us, RIP Aunt Lena from the family of your brother Joe Benoit, Condolences to all the family

Our deepest condolences to the entire Churchill family. Your mother was a beautiful treasure and has touched the lives of so many people over the years in such a positive way. We feel blessed to have known her.

to Aunt Lena’s family: Our deepest condolences. What a beautiful legacy she left behind. You will be missed beautiful lady xoxo

Such a wonderful lady. We enjoyed her visits to Florida so much. She would sit in the bedroom with my Mom and they would both be knitting and talking about the old days and all their memories for hours and before she left to go back home my freezer would be full of goodies that she would make . We will be keeping you all in our prayers .