Helen Ann Triplett
Helen Ann Triplett

Helen Ann Triplett, of Charlottesville, Va., would want you to know that she had a wonderful weekend. She began Saturday with her favorite breakfast of pancakes and bacon at her favorite restaurant, Jak'n Jil. She came home for a "spa" day and made plans for her favorite times of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Her Sunday evening was like any other. She shared pizza and tacos with Tim who says, "she ate a lot." Then they watched "Mrs. Columbo", a favorite, before she went to bed.

She passed away peacefully, in her sleep, in her home, on November 9, 2020. Helen Ann faced Alzheimer's disease as she had faced every other challenge in her life; with firm faith in God, a positive, joyful attitude, a sharp mind, and great strength.

Helen Ann's thirty-five-year career with the telephone company included numerous jobs beginning as a telephone operator and working her way up to management positions. But retirement allowed her to focus full-time on her true calling, being a Mom.

She was, at times, a mother figure to many of her siblings. She was a devoted Mom to her three children, and daughter-in-law. She was Mom to anyone she encountered who needed loving, motherly care. But her greatest joy was to be "Grand" Mom to her beloved, only, grandchild. And though they had been apart for many years, Helen Ann's love for her ex-husband, Hillary, never failed as she supported him in his final years in the nursing home.

But her motherly love wasn't shared only with her immediate family. She loved her friends at County Line Christian Church in Axton, Va. and Cherry Avenue Christian Church in Charlottesville, Va. and they were a constant source of joy and inspiration for her. She was a living witness to God's love; the Gospel in action.

Helen Ann was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Hillary Triplett; her parents, Virgie Bell Kirks Hedrick and Grover Harvey Hedrick; and brothers, Harvey Lynwood Hedrick, Robert Vinson Hedrick, and Charles Daniel (CD) Hedrick Sr. She is survived by her son, Jim Triplett and his wife, Eydie; her daughter, Ruth Triplett; her son, Tim Triplett; her grandchild, Matthew Triplett; her siblings, James Thomas (JT) Hedrick, Judy Pauline Payne, Elton Vinson Hedrick, Cathy Fay Taylor, and Paul Harrison Hedrick; and sister-at-heart, Dorothy Walker.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to County Line Christian Church, 12711 Chatham Rd., Axton, VA 24054, or Cherry Avenue Christian Church, 1720 Cherry Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903. Or if you prefer, adopt a homeless cat, or feed the squirrels and wild birds; that would make Mom smile.

Her children request that, if possible, you share your memories of Mom on the Hill and Wood tribute wall (www.hillandwood.com) where they will be cherished.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday November 13, 2020, at Cherry Avenue Christian Church. Mr. Stan Martin will officiate, Interment will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens.

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Published by Danville and Rockingham County on Nov. 11, 2020.
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Cherry Avenue Christian Church
1720 Cherry Ave., Charlottesville, Virginia
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Hill & Wood - Charlottesville
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So sorry to read of your Mom´s passing . Prayers are with your family during this time
Early McDaniel
November 13, 2020
Helen was such a dear lady. Always smiling, kind words, and so helpful to those were in need. I am blessed to have known her at Cherry Avenue Christian Church.
Waller c Norford
November 13, 2020
We are neighbors with Helen´s brother, Elton, and wish to extend our sympathy to the family. God Bless!!
Carl and Kathy Reynolds
November 12, 2020
Your mom was one of the sweetest. My son Caleb loved your mom. He will always cherish the hugs and kind words that she always had for him. She will be missed. Love and prayers t all!
Teresa Archer
November 11, 2020
I am so heart broken to here of Helen´s passing she was one of my favorite customer´s at food Lion. She was the sweetest lady I loved talking to her she always made me smile. I´m going to miss seeing and talking to her. My condolences to you all I loved your mom.
Linda Lamb
November 11, 2020
Helen was a long-time friend from back in the 60's. We shared many wonderful times at the country church and then at Cherry Avenue Church. She was a beautiful, wonderful lady with a smile and kind word always. But God has her now. She will certainly be the same sweet person when we get to see her again. Sympathies to her loving family..
Joanne Graves Sprouse
November 11, 2020
I did not know Mrs. Triplett but was moved by her lovely tribute. Adopting a homeless cat, feeding wild birds and squirrels is a peaceful, loving way to honor your mom.
Susan Montgomery
November 11, 2020
What a touching Heart Felt Obituary for Helen, she was my supervisor at Va Tel & Tel, Centel, Sprint, Her family she shared with me talked about Ruthie, a lot & Tim and always kindness about Hillary. Had many wonderful lunches at work with Helen. Her love and kindness for family and friends were always in her kind words. To know that she is now celebrating with love ones that have now gone on. Brings a smile to my face. Quite a Ladyl
Judy Zimbro Price
November 11, 2020
Tim, My thought and prayers are with you and your family.
Karen Tennyson
November 11, 2020
So sorry she was a great lady
Ernest Marlowe
November 11, 2020
A very sweet lady, thought of her often. Praying for the family.
Lisa Gilbert
November 10, 2020