Helen Carey was born in Waterville, Maine on March 2, 1932. Her family was Republican. Her father worked for the state doing survey and road work. She attended Mount Mercy School in Waterville. After she married Richard “Spike” Carey, Helen worked as a telephone operator. She and her husband lived in Ward Seven, of which her husband was co-chairman. Helen served as vice chairwoman for Ward Seven (which was almost entirely Democrat, French, mill workers and construction workers). Helen was also City Clerk for six years.
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