Helen Yelton

Helen Yelton

Southern Shores, NC

 Helen Reid Poovey Yelton, 96, loving wife, mother and friend, passed away on February 13, 2013.  She is the last of seven children born to Lloyd W.  and Nancy Reid Poovey of Hickory, NC.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Thad Gold Yelton.  She is survived by two daughters: Emily Ausband and husband, Frank of Southern Shores, NC and Nancy Brown and husband, Phillip, Jr. of Williamsburg, VA.  She is also survived by six grandchildren:  Phillip III, Taylor and Helen Elizabeth (Libbie) Brown, Thad and Joseph Ausband, Alexander LeFevre and his wife, Hillary, and twin great grandchildren, Reid Andrews and Grant Alexander.  Miss Helen’s devoted caregivers were Char Gavreau, Kim Ross, Gwyn Shoemaker and Aye Soe.

Mrs. Yelton graduated from Hickory High School, attended Appalachian State University and completed business school in Charlotte, NC.   Mrs. Yelton moved to Richmond with her husband in 1946 where they lived until retirement.   Helen was active in many clubs and organizations.  Her proudest memberships were Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the Confederacy, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.  Later, the family moved to Williamsburg, VA and eventually to Williamsburg Landing retirement community.

In North Carolina, the Yeltons were members of Duck Woods Country Club where they golfed and spent time at their beach cottage in Southern Shores.  During WWII, as a young woman, Mrs. Yelton worked in Manteo, NC with the Civil Air Patrol Antisubmarine Coastal Patrol Base 16.  For this, she is recognized on the CAP monument at the Manteo Airport.  We give tribute to this southern lady of faith, wisdom, grace, good will and humor.

There will be a committal service at Westhampton Memorial Park in Richmond, VA on February 18 at 1:30 p.m.   A memorial service on February 23 at 3:00 p.m. will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Southern Shores, NC, officiated by Father Tom Wilson, followed by a reception at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Ausband, 177 Chicahauk Trail in Southern Shores.    In honor of Helen P. Yelton, donations may be made to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements

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  1. Nita Briwn

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones. Your mother was always kind to me and truly demonstrated the character of a “Southern Lady.”
    My sincere condolences:(
    Nita Brown

  2. Aye Soe & family

    Our condolences to you and your families.I was honored to take care of her.She will be dearly missed.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Aye Soe & family

  3. Harry Bridges

    I am sorry to hear of Helen passing, I speak of her often when talking about Civil Air Patrol. She was a very nice lady.

  4. Mary Jolliff Moore

    Emily, I extend my sympathies to you on the loss of your Mom. You are so fortunate to have had her on this earth for so long. I pray God will keep you and your family in His loving hands. Love, Mary (former organist, OBPC)

  5. Marian Stewart C.

    Mrs. Yelton was a true Southern Woman. She was a woman of dignity, grace, warmth, charm and style. She will be missed!

  6. Jack Crawford

    Emily, Frank and family,
    Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of Mrs. Yelton. May the days ahead be filled with fond memories of the wonderful family times you all shared together.

    Teresa and Jack Crawford

  7. P.J.G.

    To the family of Helen Yelton, my heartfelt condolences for the passing of your loved one and during this time of grief, may God the hearer of prayer help you to endure this time of sadness and grant you peace as spoken of at Psalm 65:2

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