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Helen Woodley

Helen Elizabeth Woodley (Wallace)

Friday, September 11th, 1925 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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Helen Elizabeth Wallace Woodley was born on September 11, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the union of John Norman Wallace and Sarah Elizabeth Ball Wallace. She attended the Indianapolis Public School #42 and graduated from Crispus Attucks High School. Helen United in Holy Matrimony to Lemuel Thorton Woodley on July 27, 1946. This union was blessed with five beautiful children. Lemuel preceded Helen in death after more than 53 years of marriage.
Helen was employed at the Government Department of Defense in Indianapolis, Indiana, and she also worked at Bulova Watch Company in Astoria, NY.
Helen professed a hope in Christ at an early age in Indianapolis, Indiana. After marriage she moved to Astoria, NY, and became an active member of Refuge Church. until she moved to Norfolk, VA when her husband retired.
Mother Woodley then joined New Hope Church of God in Christ and was on the go for the Missionary and Mother’s Board. Mother Woodley was a faithful worker for the Lord until her health fail her. She enjoyed cooking for funerals at the church and visiting the sick and shut in.
Helen took great pride in caring for her family. Helen's motto "Always be thankful and grateful for what God has done in your life”.
Mother Woodley transitioned from labor to reward on Sunday June 28, 2020 at the age of 94 years, 9 months and 17 days. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, John, and Elizabeth Wallace; a daughter, Diane Marie Woodley; brothers, John Wallace, Jr and Norman Rhoades and sister, Verna Marie Turner.
She leaves to cherish her memory her loving daughters, Sherann Marie Allen (Robert); Cynthia Marie Harris (Ronnie); sons, Lemuel Alvin Woodley and Anthony Ray Woodley (Pia); granddaughter, Nyla Marie Harris (Lenny); grandsons, Ronnie Jr and Mathew Harris, Xavier Alan Woodley; great-granddaughter Shana Marie Harris, and a host of family and friends. A Special appreciation to Janna Blackwell, a spiritual daughter.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 12:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Forest Lawn
    8100 Granby Street
    Norfolk, VA 23505
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Diane Stewart-Mathis

Posted at 02:33pm
Dear Lemuel, I hope it helps to know that others are with you in thought and sympathy . With deepest sympathy, Diane Stewart-Mathis
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Yolanda Kelly

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A light from our family is gone
A voice we love is stilled
A place is vacant in the home
Which never can be filled

We have to mourn the loss of one
We would have loved to keep
But God who surely loved her best
Has finally made her sleep

After a lifetime of her love and joy
And music to fill our ears
God leaves these wondrous memories
To help us through our tears

Holly Haggerty

Posted at 12:28pm
"Aunt Helen"
A very special aunt, sister, and mom that loved her family and friends. We are thankful for her life and all the times we shared with her through "Family Prayer" and many memorable family events. She was loving and always gave a word of encouragement. A "Godly Woman" that prayed and feared the Lord. She leaves a "Footprint " of love in our heart's today. Her legacy of life speaks through all the lives she touched and will live in our hearts forever!
Kennard and Holly Haggerty

lisa Terry

Posted at 04:10am
"Aunt Helen"
Always a special, loving sister to my mom, to her only beloved sister, Mrs. Verna Marie Turner. The vision that will live in my heart of Aunt Helen is a women with a "Godly Spirit", who made my life better for having her in it! She flowed with kindness when she came to Indianapolis, IN to check on her family and friends. Memories of "Aunt Helen". or Mother Woodley will always be treasured in our hearts forever! Lisa Marie Terry

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