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Helen Travis

Helen Regina (Nealon) Travis, 90, Clarks Summit, died Sunday in the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, Scranton. She was married for 47 years to the late Edward M. Travis, who died Nov. 29, 1996.

Born Nov. 10, 1929, in Irvington, N.J., she was the daughter of the late James and Regina (Brannigan) Nealon. She was a graduate of Holy Rosary High School. She was a stay-at-home mother until her children were in school, and was employed by the Sisters of Good Shepherd as a receptionist for over 42 years at Lourdesmont School, South Abington Twp.

She was a faithful member of Our Lady of Snows Parish in Clarks Summit and often volunteered on various committees throughout the years. A volunteer at Our Lady of Peace School's hot lunch and library, she was devotedly involved in her children's activities. Active in local politics, she served as committeewoman and judge of elections.

Helen was a loving mother and grandmother, a devoted wife she always enjoyed gatherings with her family. She was immensely proud of her Irish heritage. Helen and Ed hosted many gatherings at their home, which often included the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and friends from Lourdesmont. Helen was not bashful in expressing her opinion but could agree to disagree in a lady-like manner. Her sweet and gentle smile will certainly be missed by all who loved her.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Jewish Home for their compassion and excellent quality of care provided to Helen.

Surviving are two daughters, Deborah Waters, South Abington Twp., and Tamara Graham and husband, Robert, Clarks Summit, Helen's care providers; a son, Edward M. Travis, Berlin, N.J.; three granddaughters, Courtney Callen (Ryan) and their children, Maggie and Charlie, Collegeville; Lindsey Graham (Curtis Phair), Havertown; and Kara Waters (Brian Gow), Factoryville; five grandsons, Lawrence Waters III ( Krissy), Dunmore; James (Amy), South Abington Twp.; Mark Waters (Ashley), Eynon; Connor Travis, Charleston, S.C.; and Tyler Travis Berlin, N.J., 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James Nealon Jr.; and sister, Jean Messett.

Due to the current health crisis, funeral services and interment were held privately, celebrated by Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, at the Clarks Green Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Helen Travis Scholarship Fund, c/o Brookfield Schools, 1009 Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

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Ed, Tammy, and Deb,My sister Kim and I were saddened to see that your mom had passed away.  She was a big part of our growing up from just visiting with her when we came to see our mom, when she was teaching at Lourdesmont, to working for her as night and weekend receptionists.  She always provided a warm and loving hug when I'd see her after I went away to college, always had great advice and insight.  I know she will be missed by you and all of your families.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeff and Kim Jacques Apr 18 2020 12:00 AM

Helen was such a large part of my almost 30 years at Lourdesmont. We shared laughs and tears, weddings, births and deaths. She was the heart of Lourdesmont for so many years. As I know she struggled these last years of her life, she was defined by all that she gave to others in her healthy years. As the obituary stated, she never hesitated to tell you what was on her mind, but for me, many times it was what I needed to hear. She shared her family with us and I know you will all miss what she meant to you. I wish her peace and joy now that her work here is done. She will remain a part of me always. I love that she died on Easter. Not even Jesus could out do her! Love to her and all of you!

Judy Neri Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM

Tammy, Bob & Family, So very sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.

Michael & Kathy Vassil Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to the entire family.

Joe Krott Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I have many wonderful memories of working with Helen at Lourdesmont.  Helen was one of a kind and her heart was a large as her small frame.  Her love of the children, the sisters and staff at Lourdesmont was evident in all that she did.  We shared many laughs, especially around the topic of celebrating our Irish heritage on St. Patrick's Day and how you could not possibly wear too much green.  Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your mother, grandmother and friend.  Love to you all!

Sister Grace Surdovel, IHM Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about your Mom Tammy

Joe & Katie Gaggiano Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother.                                                                                                                                  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. God Bless.....

Cindy Fanning Champlin Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

Tammy and Bob,I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your Mom and Mother-in-Law.  My heart aches for you and your family having to endure her passing during such challenging times.  Please know you are in my prayers.  Sending hugs across the miles, Denise

Denise Vitali Burne Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences.

Jim Craig Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

During my teaching days at Lourdesmont from 93-01, I remember Helen's bright smile, encouraging words and warm hugs. Every year on St. Patrick's Day, I ate breakfast and lunch with Helen at the front desk as she provided an abundant banquet of delicious Irish food and encouraged everyone who entered to eat. To this day I still wear something "green" the entire week prior to St. Patrick's Day and remember the small "gifts" she would give to everyone who wore green. Recently, I was a visitor at the "Lourdesmont" building. I stood at the front desk and smiled. So many memories and smiles. Erin Go Bragh!

Lisa Peterson Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM