Helen Milroy Davie

Born: Sun., Nov. 6, 1927
Died: Fri., May 24, 2019

Funeral Service


12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 02, 2019
Location: New Haven Location

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Helen Milroy Davie, born November 6, 1927, New Haven, CT, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in her home of 56 years on Friday, May 24, 2019. She was the last of the living guards of Ridgewood Terrace; a neighborhood of faithful friends of multiple decades.

Mrs Davie, daughter of William Hamilton Milroy and Marjorie Greene Milroy, was a loving wife, mother and friend to all who knew her throughout 91years. She was married 51 yrs to James Stewart Davie (deceased 11/84), and is survived by her brother William Hamilton Milroy, Jr. (wife Frances Milroy), her three children Douglas Milroy Davie (wife Liisa Lindholm, children Arlan and Julian);

Alison Stewart Davie Lewis (husband Robert, (children Kyle wife Ashley, their children Sean and Connor), Kole and wife Hannah); Ellen Hamilton Davie Hirs (children Marjorie, Elizabeth and Eddie) and her faithful four legged furry friend Johnathan.


Helen Milroy Davie was an intelligent and accomplished woman. Her passions were gardening, reading and traveling.

She nurtured a bountiful vegetable garden from seed to harvest.


Helen was an avid reader; books, magazines and the New York Times. She applied her literary skills at Yale University Alumni Magazine, Class Notes Editor for over 37 years. She also enjoyed working for Yale Book Review, and in the School Administration of Day Prospect Hill and Hopkins. She coordinated a decade of Yale Commencement Ceremonies and was an honored recipient of the Yale Medal. Educated at Wellesley College ‘48, Economics, At the behest of Yale Class of ‘29, she established the Memorial Library at Timothy Dwight College, Yale University. Helen also enjoyed traveling with family on numerous trips abroad and locally.


Calling hours 12 noon to 3:00pm

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Hawley Lincoln Memorial (Celentano)

424 Elm Street

New Haven, CT 06511


Reception to immediately follow at:

Timothy Dwight College

James Stewart Davie Courtyard

345 Temple Street

New Haven, CT 06511


In the spirit of Helen, the family wishes you would do a gesture of nurturing whether it be donating a book to your favorite library or do a planting in your backyard. Please do so with the warm thoughts of Helen. To sign the online guestbook please visit hawleylincolnmemorial.com.

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jenny byers
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
So sorry to hear this sad news... What an accomplished, multi-faceted, nurturing, yet modest woman she was!
I will truly miss seeing her at the TD Fellowship and the Garden Club...
With deepest sympathy,
Jenny Byers

Debbie Edwards
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
To Helen's family I send my sincere sympathy. She was a kind and thoughtful person, and her involvement in the Garden Club of New Haven was important to all of us.

Tom, Mary & Nicole Egan
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Alison & Bob ~ Our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family. Your mom was such a sweet lady who will be missed dearly. We hope you find comfort knowing she is no longer suffering and at peace with your dad. Love ~ Tom, Mary & Nicole xo

Kate Eglee
   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
Both Helen and Jim sparkled so brightly in the North Haven of our youth. now, as the shadows around us lengthen, the sadness of Helen’s passing dims the landscape beyond measure. Goodbye dear Friend.We will meet again on another plane as God wills. Until then, may you rest in peace. Hugs and prayers for Doug, Alison and Ellen. I am so sorry that I am out of town and will miss the celebration of her life.... I will be there in spirit!

Linda and Jim Hawley
   Posted Sat June 01, 2019
Dear Alison, Ellen and Bob;
We are so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.