Helen M. Maiella

Date of Passing:

March 31, 2018

Helen M. Maiella, 86, of East Providence, RI, passed away peacefully March 31, 2018. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard Maiella and daughter of the late Richard and Nellie (Lynch) Hayden.
She was a graduate of Emmanuel College and State Teachers College at Boston (Master of Education degree). For 35 years, she was an educator in the Seekonk Public Schools, retiring in 1991. Helen was an involved member of the community she both lived in and loved. She was active in many groups including the Riverside Circle #28 of Daughters of Isabella where she served as Regent, the RI State Circle of Daughters of Isabella where she served as State Regent, and the International Circle of Daughters of Isabella where she served as International Director. She was a longtime member of the East Providence Chapter 1302 of AARP where she served as President and was honored with the volunteer leader of the year award in 2006. Helen was also President of the Forever Young Club at Saint Brendan Church and served on many of its committees. She was an active communicant of Saint Brendan for almost 60 years.

Over the years, she travelled extensively, both domestically and abroad. Her hobby was spending Saturday mornings visiting multiple estate sales in search of a treasure.

Helen is survived by two children; her son, Richard Maiella Jr., and his wife, Dale, of Lucas, TX, and her daughter, Lori Sullivan, of East Providence. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Kara Maiella Shade and Andrea Maiella, both of Texas, and Hayden and Liam Sullivan of East Providence, as well as one great-granddaughter. She was the sister of Grace Backman of Danvers, MA, and the late Elizabeth Hayden of East Providence. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held on Friday April 6, 2018 from the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Ave, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Brendan Church, 60 Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday April 5, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Helen’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of RI, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI, 02906 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. I was very saddened to learn tonight of the passing of your Mother. I remember her as a great third grade teacher here in Seekonk when my children were in school. Please know that she and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  2. Dear Lori and family,
    I was sorry to hear of your mom, she will be missed and will be in my thoughts and prayers along with you and your family.
    Love and Blessings,


  3. My condolences to Lori & Richard Jr. Maiella and extended Family.

  4. Dear Rick,

    You and your family are in my thoughts at this difficult time. Love, Laurette

  5. Lori,
    So sad to hear about your Mom…you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time…?

  6. Helen was such a sweet, thoughtful woman, and I enjoyed the time we spent together while working in Barrington. Her smile lit up a room! I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Lori and family,

    We’re so sorry to hear about your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Mike and Julie Gemma

  8. I will continue to lift your family up in prayers. My love to you all.

  9. Lori,

    We were sorry to read about your mom’s passing. Thinking of you and your family.

    The Foxes

  10. To the Maiella Family

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Helen was my great friend and a dedicated member of the Daughters of Isabella. She represented the organization so well on all levels (Local, State and International). We were so proud of her and will surely miss her.

  11. Lori and Family
    We are so sad to hear of the passing of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have so many fond memories of your mom
    We will all miss her.

  12. Aunt Helen was a sweet and gentle soul and our last tie to an amazing generation of the Maiella family. We will miss her and all who have passed. It’s our turn to keep Aunt Helens and our parents and grandparents many virtues alive and in practice each day – and to pass these on to our children.

  13. Dear Rick and family, my prayers are with you now and always as we remember and honor the cherished life of your beloved mother. May God grant your peace, comfort, and strength.

    Alma Rodriguez, DPSG

  14. Lori, John and I are so sorry for your loss , our thoughts and prayers are with you . Love , Bernadette and John Marshall

  15. Lori,
    Rick and I send our love, prayers and condolences to you at this sorrowful time.

  16. Your mother was my wonderful Aunt who never be forgotten. She was the last of our parents generation, and we were so fortunate to have all of them.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Lori,
    Lots of love during this time of sorrow. You and your family are in my prayers.

  18. Dear Lori,

    We were so sorry to hear about your mom- sending love and prayers to you and your family. xo

  19. Dear Lori,

    We are all so sad to hear about your mom – sending love and prayers to you and your family.

    Debbi Kim & Steve Aicardi

  20. Lori
    I am sorry to hear about your mom.. You are in my thoughts and prayers..

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