Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 16, 2013

Helen Leah (Cargill) Twigg, 89


Andover, MA — Helen passed away peacefully on May 5, 2013. She was the last of the remaining living children of Robert Webster Cargill and Jane Spink (Beattie). She was predeceased by Robert, Margaret, George, Elizabeth, and Richard Cargill. The Cargill family immigrated to Andover from Abroath, Scotland. Helen outlived her husband Jack, who was blessed to have her and who she cared for faithfully through many years. Though she bore no children of her own, she was a loving Mum to many of us. She was an avid lifelong reader, lover of dogs, especially Dachshunds, and thoroughly enjoyed walking all over town. She had a best friend, Irene, who she treasured since childhood. She was a wonderful cook with shortbread, lemon meringue pie, and the best whipped potatoes among her specialties. She could cook a fine set of franks and beans on a Saturday night as well. Helen was a hard and fast worker and spent her early years in the Tyre Rubber factory. She later worked at The Gillette Company, on the line, until her retirement. She was a splendid waitress at the Andover Inn for many years to earn a bit of extra cash. She especially loved going to Bingo with Betty and May. Helen cherished her family and particularly her mother, was never far from her or any of us, and honored her throughout her life. She passed on the wisdom and wit she learned to our generations. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, grand, great grand families, and friends whose lives are forever enriched by her unconditional abiding love and her listening ear. While she took no guff from anyone, she was always there for us, through thick and thin. A very special thanks to David for seeing her through her last years, honoring her, being guardian, confidant, and loving son to her. We bless her and may God continue to hold her in the palm of his hand as she is returned home now to so many who long awaited the joyful reunion.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial Service will be held in early June when all family members may be present. Her remains will reside at Spring Grove Cemetery, in Andover, with those of her parents and her late husband, surrounded by the rest of her kin.