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Helen M. Goodwin

October 20, 1933 ~ April 10, 2018 (age 84)

Helen Miriam (McDowell) Goodwin beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed peacefully on April 10, 2018. She was born in Ayer on October 20, 1933, daughter of the late David W. McDowell and Frances G. (Barnes) Gardner.

Helen attended Ayer High School. She moved to Groton in 1951, where she and her late husband Robert C. Goodwin built their home and raised their children. Helen worked at NEBS, Sargent Pharmacy, and in later years, as a nanny.

She loved the outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, trips to the beach, and weekends at the lake with family. She took great pride in her home and especially loved sitting on her porch and swinging on the glider with her little neighbor, Jayden.

She is survived by her son Gary W. Goodwin and his wife Linda, of Gardner. Her daughter Cheryl A. Sargent and her partner Robert Kukulski, of Dunstable.

She was the grandmother to Nathan, Shaughn, and Leighton Sargent, Lindsay Knower and Derek Goodwin. She had 5 great-grandchildren. She is survived by three brothers and one sister; Henry McDowell, of Westford, James McDowell, of Jupiter FL, Charles Gardner of Salem, NH and Ann Parkinson of Leesburg, FL.

She was the sister to the late David McDowell, of Michigan and William McDowell, of Dracut.

She is survived by a special family friend, Hal Sargent Jr. and neighbors Dennis, Dobbie, and Jayden Chan.

Services were private. Arrangements by the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, 37 Main St. Pepperell, MA. Please see


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