Helen Naomi Larimore (affectionately called Aunt Billie) was born on September 8, 1928, and passed away peacefully on September 13, 2023 (at age 95). Helen was the daughter of the late William and Naomi Larimore, and her siblings were Paul, Kathryn, and Patricia. Helen’s parents died when she was nine years old. She and her younger sister were raised by their older sister Kathryn and other extended family members.
Helen is survived by her nieces and nephews: Rachel Bergman, Patti Huff, James Mallon, Douglas Mallon, Michael Mallon, and the late Kathleen York, as well as the fond great aunt of many nieces and nephews. Helen was also blessed to have many dear and long-term friendships.
Helen was a highly educated and accomplished woman who thrived in a structured scholastic environment. Helen was proud to be the first in her direct family to graduate college and continued to instill the importance of education in her family, clients, and her students. At the age of 46, Helen returned to Graduate School to study alcoholism sciences. With her newly acquired credentials she changed careers, from Supervisor in a Public Aid Office to Addiction Therapist and Counselor in her own Private Practice in Chicago. Concurrently, she was an adjunct professor at DePaul University and conducted seminars. Helen was passionate about helping others in recovery and had an established client base across the United States. Helen earned the distinct title, “Professor Emeritus.”
To enjoy balance in her life, at the age of 54, Helen purchased a 55-acre farmhouse in the rolling hills of Spring Green, Wisconsin. This was a special place for her to welcome family and friends and many cherished memories were created there. Helen also held many retreats for her clients to offer healing.
Helen wrote and published a book, “Older Women in Recovery.” This book was her way of sharing her experience, strength, and hope from her many years of counselling. The book was published in 1992, and she was in her 60’s.
Helen enjoyed travelling and was always ready for the next Holland American cruise. Helen also had many hobbies that she was passionate about. A few of these included sailing Lake Michigan and bird watching, she loved sports (especially the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs), candle making brought her joy and many people were lucky enough to receive as gifts, and she was a gemstone and crystal enthusiast.
Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Helen Larimore (Aunt Billie) was sure to have been enlightened by her knowledge and insights. We all loved her and will miss her dearly.
Helen was a breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, please donate to American Cancer Society at: https://donate.cancer.org.
Memorial Visitation Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of a 1:00 p.m. memorial Service at Cumberland Chapels 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, IL. For more information call (708)456-8300.