2012-12-19 / Obituaries

Virginia Helms Russell Mill Spring, N. C.

The Reverend Virginia Helms Russell died on Monday, December 10, 2012, in Asheville, N.C.

She was raised in Smithfield, N. C., and most recently resided in rural Polk County, N.C.

Ordained a Presbyterian (USA) minister in 1987, she served with her husband as co-pastor of McConnellsburg United Presbyterian, McConnellsburg, and Yorkminster Presbyterian, Yorktown, Va.; as parish associate of Waldensian Presbyterian, Valdese, N.C., and First Presbyterian, Hampton, Va.; and most recently as interim pastor of West Avenue Presbyterian, Gastonia, N.C.

Jenny, as she was known, graduated from Duke University and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Infused with a positive spirit, she touched the lives of many though her ministry, friendship and hospitality.

Survivors include her husband of 26 years, the Reverend T. Feild Russell; daughters Kathryn Helms Russell and Anna Feild Russell; parents: Earl and Dorothy Helms of Smithfield, N.C.; sister Janis Helms of Raleigh, N.C.; and many inlaws, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 15, at Waldensian Presbyterian Church in Valdese, N.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to any of the churches Jenny so faithfully served, or to an animal welfare agency.

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