In Loving Memory of Helen Foster Watkins

February 14, 1925
Newton, MA
September 26, 2017
Southport, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Trinity Episcopal Church

Memorial Service

651 Pequot Avenue,
CT 06890

Friday, October 6, 2017, 11:00 AM


Family Gathering


Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund

P.O. Box 400,
CT 06890

Helen Foster Watkins

Helen Foster Watkins of Fairfield, CT, daughter of the late Ruth T. and John W. Foster of Greens Farms, died Tuesday, September 26, 2017. She was born in Newton, MA and had been an area resident since 1941. Helen was a graduate of Rosemary Hall and the Franklin School of Professional Art. She was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport for over 70 years, serving as Sunday School teacher, on the Vestry, the Altar Guild and as President of the Episcopal Church Women and volunteered in the church office. She was also a Girl Scout leader for many years.

Helen was for some years on the board of the Fairfield Visiting Nurse Association, serving two years as President. Later she was a Hospice volunteer for the Visiting Nurse Service of Connecticut.

Helen was a member of the Pequot Yacht Club, the Fairfield Beach Club and the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County. An amateur artist, she exhibited her watercolors locally and at the Southern Vermont Art Gallery where she was a member for many years. She was an enthusiastic golfer, gardener, sailor and traveler. In her earlier years she also enjoyed tennis and skiing.

She is survived by her husband, William, their children Nancy Lanzoni and her husband, Craig, John Watkins and his wife, Ann and five grandsons- Benjamin and William Lanzoni and John, Tom and David Watkins-all of whom she loved dearly.

Memorial services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Church Memorial Fund, C/O Trinity Church, P.O. Box 400, Southport, CT 06890. For information or to offer an online condolence visit

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  1. We are so very sorry for your family’s loss we thought Helen was pretty awesome !!! IhopeBillbis doing ok … we send love from Finbars Forest 🌳 she was a big part of it here !!! Much love thoughts and prayers the knudsen family

  2. Nancy,
    I don’t know whether or not you remember me, your long lost junior high school friend. I loved the time I spent with you and your mom years ago. She was a great Girl Scout leader and was so much fun to be around when you took me on a skiing vacation with you years ago. I’m thankful to have met her. What a lovely lady! May you and your family find peace in your fond memories.
    Robin Selavka
    Colchester, CT

  3. Nancy – I am very sorry for your loss. My Dad passed away six months ago. He was 95. It is difficult regardless of age. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mike

  4. My deepest condolences for the loss of our sweet Helen. I golfed with Helen many times, when I was asked by my mom, Dorothy Siwakoski to join her foursome. Helen was a great friend of my mother and I know Mom is welcoming her with open arms and much love. Helen will be missed. My heart is sad.

  5. On behalf of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we offer our condolences for the passing of your loved one, who was a sister in Girl Scouting. We offer you our sincerest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Mary Barneby, CEO