Emery, Helen M.

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Emery, Helen M.

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  • Sweeney, Helen Marilla

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Helen Marilla Sweeney, daughter of John Sweeney and Sarah Hovey-Chamberlain, was born 5 November 1850 in Hatley, Quebec. She married Richard Emery (1842-1911) on 12 October 1870 and together they had three children: Emily Pauline (b. 1873), Frank (d. in infancy), and Sadie M. (1877-1961). In adulthood, Helen and her husband converted to Christian Science and were members of the Christian Science Church in Boston, Massachusetts. She was also a proponent of temperance and a charter member of the Stanstead County Women's Christian Temperance Union. Helen was active in writing poetry and many were published in the Sherbrooke Daily Record. She was also integral in the establishment of the Hatley Library; a room in her house served as the location for the library collection and she was active in seeking the incorporation of the library in 1923. Helen passed away on 3 December 1926 and is buried in the Saint James Cemetery in Hatley.


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"Richard Emery and Helen Marilla (Sweeney) Emery." The Storied Province of Quebec. Vol. 5. Toronto : Dominion Publishing Co, 1933. p. 663-664.

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