Helen Wamey ’22, beloved Marist School student, left this life on September 29, 2021, and entered into the life hereafter following a brief illness.
Helen was a joyful, delightful young woman, and her intelligence, empathy, and talent greatly enriched the Marist community. She was a dedicated student who loved biology and volunteered with the American Red Cross. Helen’s interest in medicine began at an early age when her aunt was diagnosed with cancer, and she wanted to become a doctor and work to heal others. As a volunteer for the American Red Cross, she served as a Blood Donor Ambassador, helping check in people, offering support for blood donors, and training new volunteers.
For Helen, dance was one of her most significant and meaningful activities outside of the classroom. She began dancing at the age of four and performed and competed year-round with FootNotes Dance and Acrobatics Studio in Roswell, Georgia. Her love for dance also found expression as a cheerleader at Marist. Helen joined the cheerleading squad in 9th grade during her first year at Marist School and was a varsity cheerleader at the time of her passing. She enjoyed watching football games just as much as supporting the team and encouraging the crowd. Helen also was involved in Girls Support Girls, a club which empowers female students to be their best selves, and Mosaic, a student-led group committed to learning about, valuing, and celebrating each other's cultures and unique abilities. Of Cameroonian descent, she was a founding member of Marist’s Black Student Alliance where she was helping to build a sense of community and belonging for Black students at Marist. She also actively participated in student-led retreats offered by Campus Ministry.
Marist School Principal Mr. Kevin Mullally said, “We are heartbroken over the passing of Helen, an extraordinary person and cherished member of our school community. We are grateful for the blessing of her life and will remember and honor her as we support one another in this time of sorrow.”
Marist will hold a prayer service in celebration of Helen’s life for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, October 6.
Please join the Marist School community as we offer the following prayer for the repose of Helen’s soul, for her mother Belinda, and for her family and friends:
Even in our sorrow, Lord, we lift up our gratitude to you for the gift of Helen’s life. We thank you for the light she was in our community, and to all others who were touched by her life. We pray that her presence remains in our hearts, until the day when we are united in the joy of Heaven.
Lord, God of compassion and love, we commend our sister Helen to you. We pray that you take her hand and lead her to her home in heaven. For those of us who remain tossed around by the storm of grief and loss, we ask that you hear our cry, heed our call, and hold our hands, lest we fall. Fill our hearts with your love and care, through Jesus Christ, our brother. Amen.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.