Dr. Helen Marie Stinson
1931 - 2021
Forbis & Dick Funeral Home - North Elm Chapel
1118 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC
Stinson, Dr. Helen Marie

September 9, 1931 - July 26, 2021

Greensboro—Dr. Helen Marie Stinson, 89, died July 26, 2021 while at Authoracare Hospice (Beacon Place). She was born in Chatham County, NC and grew up in Ramseur, NC where she gained a love of gardening and flowers. After high school, she graduated from Gardner-Webb University and Appalachian State University with a teaching degree, thereafter teaching sign language at the School for the Deaf in Morganton. She then decided to study to be a doctor and graduated from Wake Forest University with a pre-med degree and following, graduated from medical school at the University of Tennessee. In 1972, Helen opened her office in Greensboro to practice cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. After 25 years, she retired from her practice. Helen often did charity medical work for little or no pay. In the early 1980's, while still in her practice, she joined the Army Reserve Medical Corps and in 1991, she went to Kuwait in "Operation Desert Storm." She attained the rank of full colonel and retired from the reserves after 14 years of service. And Helen was an active member of First Baptist Church in Greensboro for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin Durham and Mary Catherine Benner Stinson; brothers Henry and John Stinson; sisters Elizabeth Rinehardt, Lula Payne, Lillie Nance, and Mary Deane Stinson.

She is survived by sisters Millie Power (Ed) and Goldie York. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Sunset Knoll Cemetery in Ramseur, NC with Rev. Ted York officiating. The family requests that Covid-19 protocols be observed. Friends and family can pay their respects and view the body at the funeral home Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and until 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Forbis and Dick Funeral Service N. Elm St Chapel is assisting the Stinson family.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401 or to the Marvin and Mary Stinson Scholarship at Gardner-Webb University, 110 S. Main St., P.O. Box 997, Boiling Springs, NC 28017.

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1118 N. Elm St Greensboro, NC 27401

Published by Greensboro News & Record on Jul. 29, 2021.
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1830 Church St, Ramseur, NC
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Dr. Helen performing emergency field surgery for an indigenous Chilean Mapuche, Col. Helen in uniform praying at Memorial Day, Pilgrim Helen reading the Christmas story to a busload of fellow travelers-these are three indelible images of a devout disciple of Christ. May she now rest in peace, awaiting the great and coming Day.
Steve Pressley
July 30, 2021
Helen was such a kind and devoted Christian woman. She was an amazing role model and volunteer. She will be missed. I send my deepest condolences and love to Millie and her family.
Mary Rakestraw
July 30, 2021
Dr. Helen performing field surgery on a Native Chilean Mapuche with a badly injured leg, or reading the Christmas story to a busload of pilgrims in Bethlehem-these are among the indelible memories of a devout servant of Christ. May she now rest in peace, until that Day . . .
Steve Pressley
July 30, 2021
A cheerful laugh, a curious smile, a giving heart, kind and humble in nature ....that was our aunt Helen! God´s delight in her here on earth, will be our delight in fond memories!
Ted and Frances York and Family
July 29, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Paula Slate
July 29, 2021
Dr. Stinson was a missionary in her own backyard. She sponsored countless Backyard Bible Schools and after-school programs in her Rosewood neighborhood and she always brought the neighborhood children with her to church. She was a true Christian witness to all who knew her. She delivered Mobile Meals for many years and was always involved in the missions of First Baptist Church. Peace to you, Millie and the rest of the family as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Anita Philpott
July 29, 2021
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