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Helen Agnes (Thompson) Tichnell, 85, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born May 14, 1932, in Midland, Mrs. Tichnell was the daughter of the late Paul Miles Thompson and Eleanor (McGregor) Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Richard Tichnell Sr.; and a brother, Paul "Bubbles" Thompson.
Helen is survived by her devoted children, Rich Tichnell and Danita of Texas, Deborah Paquette and David of Massachusetts, Robert Tichnell and Cathy, James Tichnell and Trisha, Pamela Zapf and Edward, Lisa Rowan and James, all of Cumberland, and Lori Kelly and Timothy of Virginia. She was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brother, James Thompson of Cumberland; and sisters, Mary Catherine Manley and Eleanor "Chee Chee" Thompson, both of California.
Mrs. Tichnell devoted her life to her family. She was a stay at home mother until her youngest children entered school. Helen retired from the Allegany County Board of Education after working as a special education instructional assistant with over 20 years of service. She often spoke of the many great friends, associates, and students that she had the pleasure to work with.
During her retirement, Helen enjoyed serving her community as a volunteer at local hospitals. She spent time working in the rehabilitation units there and was proud to have been involved with the Meals on Wheels Program in Allegany County. Mrs. Tichnell was very creative. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and taking art classes. Helen was an amazing artist! She loved to draw landscapes and display them in her family's homes.
To know Helen, is to love her. She made many friends during her frequent walks through her neighborhood. Helen enjoyed spending time on her deck with family, friends, and her beloved companion, Mac. It was not uncommon to see neighbors and friends gathering at Mrs. Tichnell's gate. She was always quick to offer a friendly wave or warm conversation to passersby.
Helen lived a rich life. Above all, she loved her family unconditionally. Her legacy is strong and will continue to live on in the hearts of all that love her.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The private graveside service will be held at Saint Patrick's Catholic Cemetery.
"The love in our family flows strong and deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep."
Published on May 22, 2017
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