Helen M. Ormiston

March 15, 201

CARTHAGE, NY  —  Helen M. Ormiston, 85, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility in Lowville where she has resided for two years.

Born April 3, 1931, in Potsdam, the daughter of the late Leon E. “Tiger” and Anne Chase Maine, she graduated in 1949 from Carthage High School.  

She married Ray L. Ormiston on November 20, 1949 at the Carthage United Methodist Church. 

She worked for Crown Zellerbach for six years and Climax MFG in the Data Processing Dept. and as credit manager for the Packaging Div. and Board Mill, retiring in April 1993. She later was a clerk for Porters Liquor Store in Carthage. Ray Ormiston died Jan. 3, 1970.

Helen was a former Chairman and Treasurer of the Wilna-Champion Transportation Assoc., former Secretary-Treasurer of Hillside Cemetery in Natural Bridge and was a building representative for Grandview Courts when she lived there. She enjoyed working on family genealogy, playing cards and reading.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen Countryman and Linda Prashaw, both of Carthage; a son and daughter-in-law, Roger K. and Shann Ormiston, Conroe, TX; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a great great-grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Al (Martha) Smith of Watertown and Patricia Patchen of Depauville; two sisters-in-law, Rose Maine and Mrs. David (Beulah) Dillon all of Carthage; a brother-in-law, Roger E. Ormiston, Carthage; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by two sons, Gary and Randy Ormiston, a sister, Lucy Nunemaker, a brother, Harold Maine and a great-granddaughter, Lindsey Frost.

A memorial service has been tentatively planned for Monday, April 24, at Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home in Carthage. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Natural Bridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wilna-Champion Transportation Assoc, 222 State St. Box 1104, Carthage NY 13619, the Cystic Fibrosis Assoc. or Hospice of Jefferson County.

To leave an online condolence, go to www.bezanillafh.com.

Information provided by
Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.