Helen Stratford

Helen (Lynne) Stratford, 97, died June 8th, 2020, at Cedar Crest in Pompton Plains, New Jersey where she has been a resident for the last 14 years.


Helen was born June 1, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York to Mary and Edward Murphy.  Her father was born in Brooklyn and mother in Ardagh, Ireland. 


Helen and her four brothers were raised in Rockville Center , New York. In 1945 she  married Eugene Stratford and had 5 children.  They lived and raised their family in Long Island, Northern New Jersey and finally retired to the Sarasota area in Florida.  After losing her husband Gene in 2005 she decided to move back to New Jersey in 2006 to be near two of her daughters Christine and Lynda.


Helen was active in the Catholic Church, volunteered for different charities, loved the ocean, knitting, reading and playing cards.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and visiting her children and grandchildren.  Very social, she will be missed for her warm and outgoing personality and vivacious sense of humor. 


She is survived by her five loving children, Christine and Lynda in New Jersey, and Susan, Jeanne and Brian in California, as well as seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.  She was loved and will be missed by many.


A private memorial service was held on June 10th at Scanlan Funeral Home.