Helen Grey Long Spruill, a native of Bedford County, Va., passed away Sept. 16, 2016. She was the daughter of Wilton Baxter Long and Katherine Welch Parks Long. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Administrators, she was the founder and Administrator of Wilton Ltd., an assisted living facility, for twenty-two years and was an advocate for improving quality of life for the cognitively impaired and intellectually challenged. She served on Virginia Governor George Allenâ€™s Virginia Department of Aging committee among other professional organizations. At her death, she was the president of the Norfolk County Historical Society and Elizabeth River Properties, a non-profit organization providing housing for the intellectually challenged. She also served on the advisory board for the Battle of Great Bridge Waterways Foundation. Other civic duties included six years with the Chesapeake Redevelopment and House Authority, serving on the Board of Commissioners. She also served as president of the Elizabeth River Womanâ€™s Club. Mrs. Spruill is survived by her sister, Mrs. J. P. Woolfolk, son Melvin Lee Spruill, daughter, Dawn Raye Sherrill (Bryant Sherrill). Three grandchildren, Katherine Grace Spruill (James R. Hall), Christopher Grey Spruill (Craig Hughes), and Bryant Stuart Sherrill (Stacy Sherrill), great-grandson, Jordon Russell Hall; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Carol Parks Long and nephew Michael Baxter Long. At Mrs. Spruillâ€™s request, her remains will be donated to the Virginia Anatomical Society. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake at 298 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23322. There will be a memorial gathering to be announced at a later date.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, 2016