85, of Phoenix, beloved mother of son Lawrence; who has preceded her in death and surviving daughter, Linda Cushma died March 1, 2014. Helen, though a native of New Jersey, loved Arizona and made it her home. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the AZ State AHCCCS Health Program. She was also very proud of her involvement with the VFW, Women’s Auxiliary as President and Honor Guard and also with the American Legion. She loved to sing, dance and paint in oils. Her family wishes it known that she passed very peacefully. Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 10:30am, Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00am, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.