Lasting Memories

Helen Hunter Bountis
Aug. 5, 1954-Oct. 15, 2022
San Francisco, California


Helen Hunter Bassett Hess Bountis passed into the hands of God on October 15th 2022 in her home at Portola Gardens, San Francisco at the age of 68 after difficulties with dialysis and end stage renal disease. Helen was born August 5,1954 in Manchester, NH to Jean and Apostolis (Nick) Bountis, the third of five daughters. In her youth Helen excelled in academics, gymnastics and piano. Every summer she enjoyed flying from California to Manchester, NH, and Paris, IL. For family vacations spending time with her Greek and American grandparents, as well as all her cousins. After graduating from Amador HS in 1972 she attended Stephens College majoring in Early Childhood Education and received an AA degree. Helen continued her education at UCLA, Chapman College and the World Campus Afloat. Helen had a beautiful smile and infectious laugh, she was fun-loving with a sense of humor and wit that delighted everyone. She became an accomplished pianist performing for friends and loved ones. Her thoughtfulness, kindness and superb memory for details was amazing. She never forgot a name. Helen loved people, she had a genuine interest in everyone she met whether it was a new neighbor or a bedouin at the foot of the pyramids. Sadly, depression and bi-polar illness plagued her for a significant part of her adult life. Notwithstanding Helen was determined to live a full life of love and generosity which she showered on her family and friends. In 1982 Helen married attorney Warren Bassett (deceased) and in 1990 she married William Hess, the love of her life. Helen had no children but enjoyed the company of her many nieces and nephews throughout her life. Helen is survived by her sisters Sandra, Jane, Betty and Linda as well as her second husband William Hess of Santa Barbara.

A graveside service will be held at Memory Gardens in Livermore at 2:30PM on Saturday October 22nd. Family and friends are welcome. Flowers or cards may be sent to Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton.