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Helen Aileen Williams Abernethy

Helen Aileen Williams Abernethy
  • April 16, 1921 - August 27, 2018
  • Valdese, North Carolina

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“Helen was such a delight to me and such a gracious and lovely lady and patient I will always fondly remember her . My deepest sympathy to the entire...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: david simpson - morganton, NC

“Sorry to hear of Helen's passing away. She and her sister, Lucile, were special friends of mine when I was growing up in Valdese. My friend, Beaver...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Gene Glasco - Virginia Beach, VA

“I'm very sorry Harriet to hear of your mother's passing ...you are im my thoughts and prayers ... what a blessing to have her for that many years &...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Belinda Blevins Mosteller - NC

“Definitely an angel who gained their wings!! always a great lady. Sending prayers for the family. Sorry for theloss to your family. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Vickie Bradshaw Deal - Valdese, NC

“Dear Anna and all the family,We are so sorry that Miss Helen has passed away. We have lots of fond memories of her. I remember when she drove her...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Lucinda Watson - Huntsville, TX

“My deepest sympathy to John and Anna. Your Mom was loved by all who met her. Keep the good memories close to your heart. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Debra Nichols - Raleigh, NC

“My prayers are with this family in their time of lost,I will remember this lady as kind and generous and always welcoming to and strangers alike. ...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Donald Huffman - Connelly Springs, NC

“I was so sorry to hear about Ms. Helen death. I enjoyed knowing her through my years in the medical field. She was a wonderful person. Please know...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Elaine Pitts - Morganton, NC

“I was so sorry to hear about Ms. Helen death. I enjoyed knowing her through my years in the medical field. She was a wonderful person. Please know...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Elaine Pitts - Morganton, NC

“Growing up as a Laurel Road kid Ms. Helen's house was my favorite to visit every Halloween even as a high schooler! She will be greatly missed!...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Kristen McRary - Valdese, NC

“Heaven has gained an angel. Prayers for comfort during this time of loss. Another VHS Class of 1971 parent they was greatly loved. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Jeanine Barus - Valdese, NC

“I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. She's celebrating with our mother, Ruth Garner, Gloria Pons and of course, Lucille. My heart felt...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Pam Brown - Family Friend


Mrs. Helen Aileen Williams Abernethy, 97, of Valdese went to her Heavenly home on Monday August 27, 2018 at her residence after a period of declining health.
Mrs. Abernethy was born April 16, 1921 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Loy Ivey and Willie Emma Arney Williams. Helen was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Valdese, the Valdese Music Club and the DAR. She was a 1938 graduate of the Old Rock School and also from the Queens Business College. She retired as a bookkeeper for a number of local businesses and will be known for her role as a substitute teacher in the Burke County Schools.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Ballew Abernethy,Sr., sister, Lucile Williams a daughter Mary Ellen Frye, and granddaughter, Katy Cox.
Surviving are her son, John B. Abernethy, Jr. and wife April of Morganton, two daughters, Harriet Abernethy of the home and Anna Cox and husband Steve of Rutherford College; and son-in-law John Frye of Hickory. Also surviving are the joys of her life, her grandchildren, Caine Phillips, Emma Brown and husband Jeremiah, Stephanie Shuffler and husband Alan, John B. Abernethy, III and wife Kelly, and James F. Abernethy; and three Great-Grans.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 P.M. Thursday August 30, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church of Valdese with Rev. Jim King and Rev. April Abernethy officiating. Interment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:00 P.M. Thursday in the parlor of the First United Methodist Church , Valdese.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Valdese at 217 Saint Germain Ave. SE , Valdese, NC 28690 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care at 1721 Enon Rd. Valdese, NC 28690