Helen Broughton Jenrette

Helen Broughton Jenrette MT. PLEASANT - Helen Broughton Jenrette entered into eternal rest on March 29, 2014, two weeks to the day after the death of her husband of nearly sixty-eight years, Joseph M. Jenrette, Jr. A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL. She was born in Raleigh, NC on July 27, 1922, the daughter of Dr. Needham B. Broughton, Jr. and Lorna Bell Broughton. She met her husband on a blind date for a bridge game with another couple shortly after he returned from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Within one week of their first date, to the horror of her mother, they were engaged to be married. They were married on September 24, 1946, and remained happily married until their deaths. Her mother eventually took a liking to J.M. and lived with the family for the next twenty-seven years. She had two children, Helen J. Wooddy, married to Aubrey J. Wooddy, Jr., and Joseph M. Jenrette III, married to Catherine B. Jenrette. She had six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Richard H. Jenrette, whom she considered the little brother that she always wanted. She was a graduate of Needham Broughton High School, named for her grandfather, in Raleigh, NC, and was a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Long a resident of her hometown, Raleigh, NC, she was active in numerous community organizations. She served on the local and state boards of the Junior Woman's Club and the Woman's Club of North Carolina. She served as state president of the NC Junior Woman's Club and secretary of the state board of the NC Woman's Club. She was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority at the University of North Carolina and served for several decades on the board of directors of that organization. She was elected as the president of the board and later co-chaired the committee which built its present chapter house in Chapel Hill. She was active in the Raleigh United Fund (now United Way), where she served on the leadership council for the annual fund drive. She served as president of the Raleigh Swimming Association, the Broughton High School PTA, and the Rex Hospital Guild, where she served as a committed volunteer for many years, most prominently in the emergency room. She was on the building committee for the hospital now located on Blue Ridge Road. Once she moved to Seabrook Island, SC, she continued her hospital volunteerism at Roper Hospital in Charleston. Later, she and her husband moved to Tryon, NC, where she volunteered for the local hospital's thrift shop and was involved in other community activities. She was a member of the UNC-CH Board of Visitors for eight years and was of the founding families of the Ridge Road Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, where she remained a member. She was a member of the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. Helen also took an active interest in NC politics, serving as Wake County Women's Chairman of the campaigns for governor, Richardson Pryor and later for her cousin J. Melville Broughton, Jr. A devoted wife and mother, she tirelessly shipped her children around in carpools to swimming practice and swimming meets throughout North and South Carolina and to innumerable school events, day camps, dance classes, etc. She enjoyed going to running races with her husband and his friends throughout NC. She took pride in learning how to swim later in life and successfully swam the length of the pool at the Carolina Country Club on her fiftieth birthday, a life goal of hers. She and her husband were inveterate travelers seeing many parts of the world and were amongst the earliest travelers to China once travel was once again permitted there. She loved to go fishing in her beloved Morehead City, NC. She was a very early participant in yoga and transcendental meditation and also regularly attended Bible lessons led by the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham. For the last eight years, Helen and J.M. have lived at The Palms Retirement Center in Mt. Pleasant, SC, in order to be close to their children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in whom she took extraordinary pride. Helen served as president of the resident's council at The Palms and will be remembered for her enthusiastic dancing at the Oktoberfest! The family would like to thank the staff of The Palms, private caregivers Margaret Mitchell and Barbara Chatman, members of the Lutheran Hospice, and Dr. Rex Morgan and his caring staff. In lieu of flowers, please give generously to or the scholarship fund at Needham Broughton High School, P.O. Box 31464, Raleigh, NC 27622. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel
1494 Mathis Ferry Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 881-9293
Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Apr. 1, 2014