Helen G. Johnston (Bettencourt, DeConinck), 91

Nov 15, 2023

Helen G. Johnston (Bettencourt, DeConinck) of Clayton NY passed away peacefully Friday, November 3rd at the Samaritan Keep Nursing Home in Watertown, NY.

She was born in Watertown on February 29th, 1932, to the late William and Helen (Dygert) Graf. She was a long-time resident of Mattapoisett, MA, where she raised her children and three of her grandchildren.

Helen served as a home health care aide and she loved riding Morgan horses and breeding St. Bernard dogs as well as watching football, basketball, Gunsmoke, and the Kentucky Derby.

Helen is survived by three of her children: Joseph Bettencourt Jr., Carol McCauslin and Katherine Bettencourt, two siblings: Phyllis Johnson and David Graf, six grandchildren: Joseph Bettencourt III, Ronald Ewan, Carol Leigh Ewan Carvalho, Mike McCauslin, Jim McCauslin and Tony Dewitt, as well as eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Helen is predeceased by her parents, her brother William “Beano” Graf, two children Paul and Debra Bettencourt, one grandson Daniel Ewan, and her best-friend Bubba.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish in Mattapoisett, MA on December 16th, 2023 at 10am. Helen will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Bedford, MA.