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Helen A. Brightman

June 13, 1930 - August 12, 2021


Helen A. Brightman

June 13, 1930 - August 12, 2021


Obituary For Helen A. Brightman

Brightman, Helen Anne (Phillips) of Arlington on August 12, 2021. Helen was called home after a brief illness. Born in 1930, she obtained her Bachelor of English from Boston University and later became an LPN. She was a woman of deep faith who had a lifelong love of the natural world. She is predeceased by her parents Charles and Anne (Garber) Phillips and sister Dorothy Douglass. Survived by children Marilee (Leigh); Peter (Kathy); Joy (Jack); Carol; Margaret; and Cathy (Brian). Also survived by 11 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. We offer profound thanks to the many caregivers who assisted her during the past five years as her health declined. Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Saturday August 21st from 9:30 - 11:00 am and to her funeral mass at 11:30 am in St. Agnes Church. Please visit to view a live stream of the funeral mass. Burial to follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Helen to St. Agnes Church 51 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474. Please visit to view an online guestbook.

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21 Aug


09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions ยป
21 Aug

Funeral Mass

11:30 AM

St. Agnes Church 32 Medford St. Arlington, MA 02474 Get Directions ยป
21 Aug


12:30 PM

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery 70 Medford St. Arlington, MA 02474 Get Directions ยป
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  • 08/21/2021

    Thank you for sharing this lovely mass with us. Helen was a cousin I looked up to as a child and felt so honored when she asked me to be in her wedding. When Don and I visited Boston when our sons were preschoolers, we stopped in to see Helen and family. The twins were still in casts, but Helen insisted we leave the boys with her as we walked the Freedom Trail. The older four children must have played with them and kept them happy. For many years we were not in touch, but just a few years ago, Cathy brought Helen to Logan Airport to have lunch with us. That is a memory we both treasure, being reunited with Helen and acquainted with Cathy. Marilee and Leigh, we appreciate your being in touch with us over the yers.Helen was always so gracious, full of faith and love. Our love and sympathy to your family. Holding you in our hearts and prayers, Marty & Don

  • 08/21/2021

    Marilee sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. It was so great you were able to be by her side. Condolences to you, Leigh and family. Thinking of you all today as you celebrate your mom's life. Lots of hugs

  • 08/16/2021

    My memory of Helen is from Marilee and Leigh's wedding. Sitting beside her as the party unfolded in the little community hall, I remember thinking, this has got to be overwhelming! Here she was supporting her daughter's marriage to a guy with a very large number of family members and friends. And in a different country! There was such a sense of strength and peace about her, though - very few words were exchanged because they were not needed. Everything was going to be fine! Thinking of you all, dear Brightman, Phillips, and Sherry families. Love, Marion Clorey

  • 08/15/2021

  • 08/15/2021

    Thanks to Helen for her gift of faith, love, knowledge of nature and gift of her children, especially Marilee, all of which she has shared with me. Condolences to you Marilee, Leigh, Graig, Andrea, Copper and Addie, Rebecca and Adam, Claire and Chris and Mark. Also Cathy, Brian and rest of family. May the memories of love shared with Helen help to over come your grief. Sending love ๐Ÿ’• hugs ๐Ÿค— and prayers ๐Ÿ™ Susan and Jim

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