NEWPORT NEWS - Helen Hardy Shelton died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Gardens at Warwick Forest.
She was born in May, 1917 in Petersburg Va. Her early years were spent in Amelia Court House, Va., with her parents, the late Robert Hardy and Mary Ann Willson Hardy.
She was a graduate in 1938 from James Madison University, then Madison College. She taught high school in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, Va.; Aruba, Netherlands Antilles; and Amelia County, before coming to Newport News, where she taught for 25 years at Newport News High School and Ferguson High School.
She was a 49 year member of First Presbyterian Church where she was president of the Women of Church for a term. She became a member of Hidenwood Presbyterian in 2001. In 2005, she moved to Warwick Forest as a resident. In 2006, she changed her membership to Yorkminster Presbyterian, Yorktown.
She served two terms on the Newport News City Library Board, and for a number of years was a docent at the Mariners Museum.
She is survived by her son, Robert Hardy Shelton of Springfield, Va.; her husband, St. Julian (Red) Shelton, preceded her in death in 1979.
Graveside service will be at Peninsula Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
The family suggests that memorials be given to the Presbyterian Homes and Family Services, 150 Linden Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503.
Peninsula Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.