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.
Forbis and Dick Funeral Service
1118 N. Elm St Greensboro, NC 27401
Published by Greensboro News & Record on Jul. 29, 2021.