Geraldine Helie, model, executive

Geraldine V. Morgan Helie of Goat Island, Newport, R.I., a former Ridgefielder who had been a model and later a fashion executive and real estate agent, died of pneumonia Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004. She was 86 years old.
Ms. Helie was born in Quincy, Mass., on Feb. 20, 1917, a daughter of Eileen and James Morgan. She had been a high fashion model in the 1940’s and 1950’s and later was a fashion executive at B. Altman’s, Mondel Brothers, Forbes & Wallace, Arnold Constable, BH Wraggs, and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.
She was an entrepreneur, partner in Purdy-Helie Productions “Fashion on Wheels,” and president of Retail and Merchandise Promotions Services. She was later a real estate executive in Rye, N.Y., and in Ridgefield.
While in Ridgefield, she had been secretary and president of the Fifth Congressional District Women’s Republican Club and had been involved with the National Republican Women’s Club during the Nixon administration.
“Gerry was a woman of the 90’s during the 50’s and 60’s,” her family said.
Mrs. Helie is survived by four children: Morgan X. Helie of Jamestown, R.I., Peter G. Helie of Fairfield and Groton Long Point, Michele Millard of Newport, R.I., and Palm Beach, Fla., and Broderick Helie of Charlotte, N.C.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers and sisters; and 13 nieces and nephews.
O’Neil Hayes Funeral Home in Newport was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20090, or the Visiting Nurses Service of Newport and Bristol County, 21 Chapel Street, Newport, RI 02840-3255.