In Memory

Mary Helen Kambies (Eiden)

Mary Helen Kambies (Eiden)

Mary Helen Kambies Eiden passed away on September 14, 2010, of cancer, after a long and valiant fight. She is survived by her husband Bob and two children, Katie (26) and Matt (24) as well as sister Charlotte Corbin and brother Robert Kambies. She lived in Silver Spring. Mary Helen attended Kensington Junior High and Garrett Park ES.

A Viewing will be held at the Francis Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring on Thursday, September 16, 2010, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Home is located at 500 University Boulevard West (Valet Parking). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Church on Kemp Mill Road (at Arcola) in Silver Spring on Friday, September 17, 2010.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Hospice Casey House, 1335 Piccard Drive, Rockville, Md. 20850

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09/14/10 10:47 PM #1    

Mickey Matthews

Ho Ho,

My dear friend, my pal, my bud from not so long ago. May you go in peace and please give your mom and dad a hug for me.  My deepest sympathy will remain for your family.

Love and miss you,


09/14/10 11:49 PM #2    

Chris Colao (Ellison)

         " And when the earth has claimed your limbs, then shall you truly dance."

                                                    Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


In the musical, "The Sound of Music", there's a song with the lyrics, "How do you solve a problem like Maria?"  In the real world, there was a girl whose song would have been, "How do you describe a friend like Mary Helen?"  

Mary Helen was everything good in a friend to so many people.  Whether you knew her as Mary Helen, Mel, Ho-Ho, or The Rally Queen, Mom, or Mrs. Eiden, she was a presence.  An ever-present smile lit up her face, her eyes twinkled with laughter and mischief, and there was nothing she wouldn't do for her family and friends.  The day after our 40th reunion, I was blessed to share in one special, getting-closer-to the-end, day with her.  We danced for 2 hours to the rockin' oldies music on the CD's that we all got as gifts at the reunion.  We laughed uproariously,  showed off wild and crazy moves, and took a spontaneous trip down memory lane with each new tune that came on.  We sang at the top of our lungs, and collapsed in an exhausted heap when it was all over, both of us feeling like we were teenagers again, reliving some of our happiest days.  I'll forever treasure that memory. 

Mel, you're my guardian angel who came along in high school when I most needed a friend.  You picked me up, dusted me off, and gave meaning to my life. Thanks for all the happy memories, Mel.  I'll always love you, and will miss you terribly.  Your spirit--and what a spirit it was--lives on in your 2 beautiful children.  You lived your life to the fullest, and gave love so readily. Rest in peace, my other me a seat next to you, wherever you are--we'll pick up where we left off.    You saved the last dance for me, Mel.  I thank you from the bottom of my broken heart...   

This is my temporary home, it's not where I belong,

Windows and rooms, that I'm passin' through

This is just a stop, on the way to where I'm goin',

I'm not afraid because I know

This is my temporary home...                                         Carrie Underwood, Country singer

After you've clicked on the play button in the middle of the screen, click the icon that's all the way to the right at the bottom of the screen to hear this song.

To hear this song, click the play button in the middle of the screen. You'll get a message about it not being available.  But there are 2 icons that will access the song. To just listen to the song, click on the blue window at the bottom of the screen that has Sissy's Song written on it. To hear the song with video, click on the icon showing Alan with his guitar that appears at the bottom of the video screen (and the cursor brings up the name of the song--Sissy's Song).  This will start the video and song.


09/15/10 05:08 AM #3    

Erica Goldstein (Marshall)

So many of us are shocked by your passing.  Chris, your sentiments are shared by all.  May you rest in peace.

Erica Goldstein Marshall


09/15/10 10:05 AM #4    

Buck/Diane Bort (Best)

I can't imagine that anyone who knew Mary Helen did not like her.  She had a wonderful personality and was comfortable just being Mary Helen.  I am crying now because life is so darn short.  Just when we get a handle on it . . .

May God bless Mary Helen's family and give them strength.


09/15/10 02:11 PM #5    

Marge Sherline (Meredith)

Dear Dear Mary Helen!!  How sad the earth is to have you gone. . .I LOVE what Chris said - so eloquent.  Mary Helen was my friend all the way through elementary school, and our Moms were friends since kids as well!  When they moved in down the street from it was a happy reunion for our two Moms!  We drifted apart as friends will do during High School, following different paths, but I was do delighted to see her at the 40th!  I had no idea she was ill, which is, I guess, how she wanted it.  But what spirit is right.  She was an awesome lady. . .I do hope she's dancing her heart out NOW~

09/15/10 10:19 PM #6    

Chip Escoffier

 Thank You Mary Helen you added so much to a time long ago,your smile was contagious and your energy was endless,we will miss The Rally Queen.I think right now you are catching up on things with MK.God bless your your family.

09/18/10 06:00 PM #7    

Steve Cowart

I will always love you!

09/21/10 03:32 PM #8    

Susan Mixon

It was a gift to have been Mary Helen's friend.  She will be missed every day and my thoughts are with her.   The love she gave to others was the joy she shared in her life.  She left behind her family and many friends that are so blessed  that she was part of our lives.  She touched us with her smile and her laughter.  She gave to others so much of her sprit and love.  She made all our live better to have known her. Miss you dear friend.

09/27/10 08:10 AM #9    

Sherry Morgan

HO HO!!!!!!!!!

Where does one start w/that laugh, smile from ear to ear and ready to go at a moments notice!!!  I was blessed with having many experiences with you from bowling,Mr. t's, zepher and sleigh riding down the hill by Holy Cross to name a few.  There was never a dull moment being with you "rally queen"!!!  I loved  every moment.  You will be missed in a lot of hearts!!


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