Izzy (Mother) who later was found dead inside of the shed.
The book The Death of Bees starts of by introducing the characters in the book which are Marnie, Helen (sibling),Izzy (mother), and Eugene (father). While introducing the characters the author Lisa O'Donnell mentions that the parents of Marnie and Helen both dead. Adding on, both their parents were never really there for their kids. Helen and Marnie practically raised each other on their own.
Marnie explained to how when their father Eugene died, she did not quite expect the reaction her mother had. She explains as to how her mother did not let them call an ambulance or lay with the body. Later on, while Helen and Marnie were trying to put their fathers body somewhere, they ended up seeing their dead mothers body in the shed. In which caused Helen to burst into tears and throw up. They both then cleaned up all the mess that was caused and they had used bleach.
Christmas came around, Marnie said that it was awful. Both Helen and Marnie found gifts that their parents Izzy and Eugene had gotten them in which they hid them in the broom cupboard. Marnie then mentions that Eugene was a drug addict in which could be the reason as to why he died.
Lennie (the neighbor)
Later on a new character was introduced to the story, Lennie who is their neighbor. Lennie realized that Helen and Marnie's parents have not been home for some time and that they have been home alone for a while. Later on Lennie invited Helen and Marnie over to his house for house for dinner, in which they accepted. After a while that they would come around for dinner , it had been a month since Lennie had seen them before he went to Loch.
Lennie (the neighbor)
Lennie eventually came back, he observed that Helen kept having nightmare's so he offered her the spare room, due to her not liking the fact of being alone in her home. Helen was sound asleep until she heard a bunch of noise coming from outside on their doorstep, but she had still managed to continue sleeping.
Lennie had been technically taking care of Helen and Marnie, since they had been left all alone and has taken them to basically be his responsibilities.