Peninsula Funeral Home
11144 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA
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.

Published by Daily Press from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2011.
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I worked with Helen at The Mariners' Museum back in the 1990s. What a wonderful woman! Her love of students and her interest in their education was always evident. She was also a great roll model for newer docents coming into the ranks. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to work with such a fabulous lady!

I am so sorry for your loss and know she will be missed by all who knew her.
Anne Marie Millar
March 28, 2011
Your Mother was a wonderful teacher and such a nice person. I was very fortunate to be one of her students. You are in my thoughts. Pauline Collins Shofner
March 24, 2011
Dear Robert,
We will surely miss our Christmas cards to each other this year; she was such an inspiration to George & me. We always have missed your father (Red), since he was so kind and caring to us, when George worked for him at the shipyard. Your Mother will surely be missed by all of us, who looked forward to keeping in touch with her through the years. Love & Prayers,
George & Sandy Anderson, Fox Hill
March 22, 2011
Robert: I had your dear mother for English the first part (probably the entire semester) of my senior year. I was so disappointed when I was transferred to Miss Suttle, though she was a great teacher. I did well in her class as she was a wonderful motivator. She often spoke of you and we felt like we knew you. You were blessed to have her for a mother. My sincere sympathy to you. I am planning to attend the graveside tomorrow. May God bless you and give you strength during this difficult time.
Frederick W. Mays, N.N.H.S. Class of '60
Frederick Mays
March 21, 2011
Mrs. Shelton was an inspirational teacher at NNHS. I consider her one of my reasons for becoming a teacher. You are in my prayers.
Charles Snead
March 21, 2011
Robert, my deepest condolances. I taught with your motherat Ferguson High many years ago when I was a young teacher. Later she became a wonderful neighbor on Dogwood Drive.

Your mother was a lovely person and I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your great loss.
Beverly Battle
March 21, 2011
Your mother was my senior English teacher at Ferguson High School some 30+ years ago, and I have thought of her often with gratitude and respect. She was definitely one of my favorite teachers, and what a privilege it was to have been under her guidance. She taught us about Shakespeare, Chaucer, grammar, and composition, but she also took time to teach us about life. Looking back, I realize she taught me the value of family, and spending time with loved ones while we still have them with us. My sister had just left for college, and she knew the void I was feeling. What an inspiration your mom was to her students! I went on to major in English and became a teacher myself, largely in part, due to your mother. Your mom lived what was in her heart, compassion for others. I am sorry for your loss, and pray God's peace for you and your family.
Joyce Nelson
March 21, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We are very sorry that we will not be with you tomorrow, but we will be there in spirit.
As I told you Sunday, I will never forget what Helen did for my Mother and the time she spent helping her with so many things. For this I will be forever grateful.

Bob & Sherri, Port Charlotte, Florida
March 21, 2011
Robert, I knew your Mother, Helen, from Newport News High School. She was the epitome of higher learning at Newport News High School. Her dedication will always be appreciated as will her memory.
Steve Corum
March 21, 2011
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