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FRIEND, HELEN

FRIEND, HELEN

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FRIEND, HELEN

FRIEND, Helen Bell, 90, of N. Chesterfield, entered into eternal rest on December 29, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hilton DeHaven Friend; parents, Mr. Arthur and Mrs. Albina Bell; brother, Leonard Bell Sr.; sister, Lucille Bell; and grandson, Dante I. Chapman. She is survived by her daughters, Joan Friend Chapman (Aaron), Marietha Friend Chapman and Hilda Friend Jones (Carl); Christian son, Virgil Forbes; five grandchildren, DeMond Chapman (Karen), Erika Jones-Haskins (Conaway), Sherwin Chapman (Rhonda), Erik Jones and Crystal Shaw (Perry); six great-grandchildren, Parah, Joshua, Noah, Callie, Perseus and Paulus; six siblings, with whom she was very close, Elizabeth Myles, Lillie Rowlett (Charles), James Bell (Mabel), William Bell, Paul Bell (Lorraine) and Sadie Davis (Jerome); two sisters-in-law, Annie Mae Bell and Doris Friend; goddaughter, Melissa Friend; and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends. Mrs. Friend was a retired Chesterfield County Pubic School teacher and also taught at Friends Association for Children. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, a past member of the National Association of University Women, a Sunday School teacher and a long-time member of First Baptist Church Centralia. After her retirement, she worked at Miller & Rhoads and tutored for the City of Richmond Public Schools. A native of Ridge Spring, S.C., she moved to Long Island, N.Y., where she met and married her husband of 63 years. After moving to Virginia, she graduated from Virginia Union University. Her hobby was working in her yard and keeping it beautiful. She loved shopping and had a very good sense of style in clothes, furniture and jewelry. She enjoyed decorating her home and making her "Hot" rolls. Caring for the sick and shut-in was one of her joys of life. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 1, 2016, at First Baptist Church Centralia, 2920 Kingdale Rd., N. Chesterfield, Va. 23237, where funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2016. Interment Dale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Centralia Carolina House Fund.

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