Jane (Timberlake) Helwig M.D.
1947 - 2021
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Jane (Timberlake) Helwig, MD

Charlotte, NC - Dr. Jane Timberlake Helwig, 73, of Charlotte died Monday, March 29, 2021 of pancreatic cancer in Charlotte. She was born August 27, 1947, in Charlottesville, Virginia, daughter of the late Margaret Mish Timberlake and Stephen Davis Timberlake IV of Staunton, Virginia. She is survived by her cherished family: husband of 45 years, Richard A. Helwig of Charlotte; brother Stephen Davis Timberlake V of Monterey, VA; daughters Mariana Minton Harriss (Daryl Weathersbee) of Nashville, NC, and Caroline Helwig Dudley (Daniel) of Charlotte; sons Mark Richard Helwig (Linda) of Raleigh, David Wilson Helwig (Andrew Odom) of Durham, Christopher Mason Helwig (Mary) of Alpharetta, GA, and Captain Adam Anderson Helwig, USMC, (Kate Zarzar) of Wilmington, NC; granddaughters Kristine Ellen Helwig of Apex, NC and Grayson Sophia Dudley of Charlotte; grandsons Jeffrey Wayne Horton of Chapel Hill, NC, Harrison Mark Helwig of Apex, NC, Robert William Harriss of Boston, MA, Davis Benjamin Dudley, William Andrews Dudley, Augustus John Dudley all of Charlotte, and Luke Mason Helwig of Alpharetta, GA.

Jane graduated from Stuart Hall in Staunton, Virginia, and received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970. She programmed mainframe computers in Richmond, then returned to Chapel Hill and worked for UNC-CH helping computer users. She was a co-founder of SAS Institute Inc. of Cary, NC, leaving that company in 1981. With her husband she then co-founded a computer consulting firm so they could work from home while the younger children were small.

In 1988 Jane began medical school at UNC-CH, receiving her MD with Honors in 1992. The family moved to San Francisco for Jane's residency at University of California, San Francisco in obstetrics and gynecology. She spent the next 19 years practicing on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Lancaster, SC. Her favorite job of all was after retirement, as nanny for grandtwins Will and Gus.

Jane loved music of all kinds and sang in the choir at Christ Church in Lancaster, SC. She was happiest outdoors in all weathers and hiked 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail solo. Reading, knitting, and eating (and thus cooking) were daily satisfactions. Her greatest pleasure was her family, especially at the beach.

A memorial celebration is planned when it will be safe. Jane's ashes will be buried in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jane's name may be made to Wounded Warriors Project; Loaves & Fishes of Mecklenburg County; or Doctors Without Borders.

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Published in The News Leader from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 17, 2021
Very sad to read this. Jane was my doctor years ago. A fine doctor and a fine person. Good to see that she lived life so fully and was for so many years surrounded by those who loved her and whome she loved. She left all of you too soon.
Shuli Tor
April 11, 2021
My prayers are with the family as they grieve the loss of this incredible woman. I had the privilege of knowing her both professionally and personally. Dr. Helwig was the kindest, most sincere doctor in the practice here on the Eastern Shore and has been missed for many years. Mrs. Helwig was a welcoming mom who always made the friends of her children feel welcomed into their home.
Suzannah Lang
April 8, 2021
I remember Jane as a La Leche League Leader who was caring, funny and competent! She was down to earth and loving to all. Reading her many accomplishments throughout her life only reminds me how fortunate this world was to have her in it. Blessings on the family and all the thousands of people she touched.
Janet Jendron
April 3, 2021
Jane made a significant contribution to SAS. Her guiding principle was, "Write for a 12-year-old; everyone will understand. The Ph.D. may sneer at the simple language, but all will understand the material." Without the solid SAS76 manual, SAS would not have had the rapid market acceptance we experienced. I remember Jane as a real champion for women, mothers, and early learning.
Tony Barr
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