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Helen Gaudet

January 25, 1927 ~ March 18, 2022 (age 95)


Helen Gaudet, age 95, of Tampa, FL passed away March 18th, 2022.  She was a loving wife to Pat Gaudet, mother to Pam Gaudet Yanes, mother in law to Felipe Yanes, grandmother to Joey Yanes and Emily Yanes Welch (Justin Welch) and sister to Howard Howe and Jeanelle Kirkland. She is also survived by other family members and friends, Diana Yanes, Laura Yanes, Scott Jessee, Olga Barnes, Ramon Yanes, Dennis and JoAnn Kinard, Cynthia Mace Arnett, Barb Biernacki, Marina Barron, Margo and Grady Griggs, Geri Schafstall Scafidi, Stan (Jon) Aymon, Marcia Peck, Greg Peck, Karen Blakely Malvin, Linda Kaufmann Foy, Debbie Kaufmann, Cyndie D'Amours, Jenny and Buddy Welch, Jordan and Tori Welch and Karen Stillman. 
Surviving nieces and nephews are:
Ellen Ackles, Eileen Palumbo, Monica Jean King, Barbara Daloia, Nellene Crews, Janis Strickland, Wayne Howe, Glen Howe, Pat Gaudett, Dennis Gaudett, Frank Daloia, George Daloia, Michael Daloia, Kevin Daloia and many great and great great nieces and nephews.

Helen was born and raised in a home that still stands, in Fitzgerald, GA in 1927. 
The doctor who delivered her, declared her as a stillbirth,  but her grandmother didn't give up on her. She placed her in a sink of warm water and brought her to life...we are all eternally grateful for Mama Lola's dedication to save Helen. 
Her great grandfather, who fought in the Civil War, lived with her and her family. As a child, she would charge the neighborhood children five cents to peek through the window to watch the elderly gentleman dressed in an old fashioned dressing gown, talking to himself in the mirror.
At the age of 16, she attended a Halloween USO dance. That was a life changing night, because one of the Navy boys she danced with, proclaimed that he was going to marry her...and 7 months later, he did!  (Halloween continued to be a favorite holiday all of her life).
 While her husband, Pat, was serving overseas in WW2, Helen was employed by a department store in Daytona Beach called Yowell Drews, aka later as Ivey's, in the cosmetics dept. She once sold perfume to the husband of actress, Joan Crawford. Helen also did modeling for the store.

 During their 20 years in the Navy, she lived in several states along the east coast and the Panama Canal Zone. She really enjoyed their time living in Key West, where they met special friends,  the Pecks. In 1959, the family of three,  settled in Temple Terrace, FL, where they owned Pat's Shell Service Station until 1972.

 Later in life, after volunteering daily for 7 years, Granny was presented with The Outstanding Volunteer Award at Northwest Elementary School, where her grandchildren, Joey and Emily attended.  She was also a great volunteer at  the Citrus Park Little League.

Helen enjoyed knitting/crocheting, and sewing.  She made numerous outfits, costumes, and blankets for her family and passed that life-skill on to her granddaughter.  Living just across the street, Granny hosted the best sleepovers for her grandkids, encouraged creativity, made legendary french toast, read The Little Red Hen and other favorites, and wrapped her grandkids in what she called, "thirsty towels" at bathtime.  
Helen was a kind and generous person, loved by all who knew her - she is already greatly missed. 

Thank you to the King High School family who reached out and offered caretaking help and to the Melech Hospice House for the wonderful care they gave Helen.

She and her husband will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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