WINTHROP - Helen Marie Wing, 85, died peacefully Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Hillside Terrace in Hallowell. \r\r\n\r\r\nHelen was born Dec. 15, 1924, in Gardiner, the daughter of Ulmont 'Monty' and Eva (Green) Wing. \r\r\n\r\r\nAfter graduating from Winthrop High School in 1943, she attended and graduated from Gates Business School in Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nHelen was a strong, independent woman who sought an adventurous career. In 1946, she moved to Washington, D.C., working as executive secretary to Margaret Chase Smith for 12 years. In January 1950, she was featured in 'The Secretarial Story,' a Glamour magazine article written about young professional women working on Capitol Hill. She then worked in the U.S. Embassy in London for two years, and returned to Washington to work for the Federal Aviation Administration and Civil Aeronautics Board. Helen took full advantage of city life, enjoying the walk to work every day, shopping at Woodward & Lothrop and dining out almost every night. One of her favorite restaurants was Gusti's, where she took many friends and family for outdoor dining and delicious Italian meals. She retired from the aeronautics board and returned to Maine, where she worked for the state Legislature for 10 years, retiring in 1989. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe volunteered at state public health nursing well-baby clinics and sang for CODA Chorus for several years. Helen enjoyed family gatherings and class reunions, attending the Maine State Music Theatre; playing cards and games; and eating out with her dear friends Lucy, Polly, Ann and Barbara. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe was predeceased by her parents; her stepmother, Elinor R. Wing; and her very special friend, Lucille Johnson. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe is survived by three brothers, William Wing and his wife, Joan, of Winthrop, Alan Wing and his wife, Eleanor, of Parsonsfield, and Ulmont 'Monty' Wing and his partner, Charles Peel, of Washington, D.C.; her sister, Gail-Mont Wing Marr and her husband, Ken, of Vero Beach, Fla.; three nieces, Robin Struck, of Winthrop, Melissa Gagnon and her husband, Tim, of Brunswick, and Jessica Marr, of Lewiston; three nephews, Michael Wing and his wife, Diane, of Warren, Vt., Jeremy Ladd, of Winthrop, and Nicholas Marr, of Lewiston; two grandnephews, Zakary Wing and Tucker Gagnon; and three grandnieces, Morgan Wing, Tannar Gagnon and Tahjah Marr. \r\r\n\r\r\nA memorial visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, with a celebration of Helen's life immediately following. Burial will be in Glenside Cemetery, Winthrop. \r\r\n\r\r\nThe family would like to thank the staff at Hillside Terrace in Hallowell, HealthReach Hospice and Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, and the Kennebec Kidney Center in Augusta for the excellent care they provided to Helen. \r\r\n\r\r\nMemorial donations may be made in Helen's memory to the Charles M. Bailey Public Library, 39 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, ME 04364; or HealthReach Hospice and Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903-0828. \r\r\n\r\r\nCondolences may be sent to the family at www.khrfuneral homes.com.