Helen Elizabeth (Lynn) Gillan
March 29, 1943 - April 22, 2022
Helen Elizabeth (Lynn) Gillan, age 79, of Townsend, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, April 22, 2022.
Born on March 29, 1943 in West Haven, CT to the late Louis and Jeannette Lynn. Helen grew up in West Haven, graduating from West Haven High School and serving as past worthy advisor in West Haven Assembly of Rainbow Girls.
Her biggest accomplishment and joy were her children and grandchildren. She loved spending holidays and other special times with them, where she always insisted on many, many, many games of Rummikub. Another family highpoint for Helen was getting to see extended family at the Brown Family Reunion every other summer.
In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her brothers, Leonard Schoen and Louis Lynn; twin sister Alice Lynn Holford; and mother-in-law Hannah Muir. She is survived by her husband Jim Gillan; her daughters and sons in law (all of whom, it could be said but she would never admit to, she loved more than her daughters) Jeannette Rhoda (Dan), Michele Frayler (Michael), Hannah Gillan (and partner Andy), and Susan Hellings (Chris); 13 grandchildren: Tyler, Julie (fiancé Hunter), and Joel Rhoda; Maclean, Wilson, and Keegan Frayler; Jonathan, Camas, James, Harrison, Ezra, and Allyson Tapley, and Samuel Hellings; bonus grandchildren, Annabelle, Makayla, and Kaylee; many nieces and nephews; special cousin Karen Whitcomb; best friend Janet Warrington; and many special friends in Bangor, Maine and Conway, South Carolina.
A Celebration of life will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. Interment will be held privately.
Any friends or family who are unable to attend the services for Helen may live stream the service by clicking here.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 555 Croton Road, Suite 111, King of Prussia, PA, 19406.