Helen S. Abel, 90, of Chevy Chase, MD, died peacefully at her home on February 13, 2021. Helen was born on March 15, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA, youngest of two children. She was raised in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1952, she married her brother’s best friend, Leonard Abel. Helen was predeceased by Leonard, and is survived by her three children, Jack (Meryl), Joy (Matt Morley), and Susan (Jim Dreggors), six grandchildren, Alex Abel, Brooke Abel, Eric Morley, Andrew Morley, Caroline Thomoff, and Evan Thomoff, as well as 2 great-grandchildren - Emily and Jacob Kasel.
Helen was devoted to many activities in Washington, D.C. including her years as a docent at the Hirshhorn Museum. Among the highlights of her charitable work were her terms as President of the Service Guild of Washington and of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Hebrew Home. An elegant woman who loved to entertain and travel, she also loved sculpting and painting. Helen was a devoted wife to Leonard for nearly 70 years. Most nights they were occupied socializing with their many friends or hosting family get-togethers. She took great pride in her family and was always looking forward to the next holiday gathering. In light of the pandemic, a private family service will be held. Donations may be made to JSSA.
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