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Dorothy Jane Coble

Female 1919 - 2015  (96 years)

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  • Name Dorothy Jane Coble 
    Born 25 Mar 1919  Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Nov 2015  Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6746  Martin Family
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2020 

    Family Jesse Alexander Helms,   b. 18 Oct 1921, Monroe, Union, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jul 2008, Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1942 
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    Last Modified 7 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F2716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Mar 1919 - Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Nov 2015 - Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes  Died:
    • Dorothy Coble Helms, wife of former U. S. Senator Jesse Helms, passed away on November 6, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Jacob Lonnie and Coral Beaty Coble. Mrs. Helms was born in Raleigh, N. C. on March 25, 1919. She was graduated from Hugh Morson High School in Raleigh in 1936. She attended Meredith College from 1936 to 1938 before transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was graduated in 1940 with a degree in journalism. She and her roommate, Doris Goerch Horton, were the first two women graduates to receive degrees in journalism from UNC. Both women were reporters for The Daily Tarheel, the school newspaper. Dot, as she was called by her friends, was the first president of The McIver Dormitory for Women and served on The Women's Council. She loved to write and wrote many short stories beginning when she was a teenager. Later in life, she delighted her family by telling ghost stories, and it was an especially fun time when she shared her stories at night on the porch at the family cottage at Topsail Beach.

      After graduating from UNC, Mrs. Helms worked at The Raleigh News and Observer as a city reporter and later as society editor. It was while working at The News and Observer that she met her future husband, a member of the sports department. They were married on October 31, 1942, at the First Baptist Church in Raleigh. One summer during the Second World War, while her husband was on recruiting duty for the Navy in the eastern part of North Carolina, she edited three weekly newspapers which were published in Ahoskie, NC: The Hertford County Herald, The Gates County Index, and The Bertie-Ledger Advance. Mrs. Helms also worked part time at The Star News when her husband was stationed in Wilmington, NC.

      Back in Raleigh after her husband's discharge from the U. S. Navy, Mrs. Helms was active in the Women's Missionary Union of Hayes Barton Baptist Church. She was also active in the Colonel Polk Chapter, DAR and served as regent for two years. In the early 1960s, Mrs. Helms and Mrs. Armistead Maupin (Diana) were instrumental in founding the Wake County SPCA.

      The Helms moved to Arlington, Virginia after Senator Helms was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1972. While living there, Mrs. Helms was active in The Spouses of the Senate and in the Senate Ladies Bible Study. She was a volunteer at Gallaudet College for the Deaf and wrote a series of stories entitled "Interesting Deaf Americans". Some of the stories were used in English classes at Gallaudet and others were used in publications of schools for the deaf. The Helms shared a deep interest in Camp Willow Run, a youth camp for Christ on the shores of Lake Gaston in North Carolina, and Mrs. Helms later wrote a history of the camp.

      Dot loved politics, and she backed many candidates through the years. She always kept up with what was going on in the world and was never without an opinion on an issue. She was instrumental in the formation of The Jesse Helms Center Foundation in Wingate, N.C. and served on the Board of Directors for many years. She was also involved with The Helms School of Government at Liberty University.

      Dorothy was the rock of her family. She will be missed so much, but the family rejoices that they had her for so long. She was predeceased by her husband, US Senator Jesse Helms; her parents; her brother, Jack Coble, and her nephew Jack Coble, Jr.. She is survived by her children, Jane Knox (Charlie), Nancy Helms, and Charles Helms (Kathleen). She is also survived by her seven grand-children, Rob Knox (Krystin), Jennifer Knox (Shields Carstarphen), Mike Stuart (Rachel Foster), Ellen Stuart Gaddy (Will), Katie Stuart Power (Andy), Amelia Helms, and Julie Helms; and six great grandchildren, Maggie McGuire, Ryan Knox, Cooper Knox-Carstarphen, Alex Knox-Carstarphen, Beatrix Gaddy, and Conrad Power. Dot also leaves behind many other family members, including the wonderful people who are forever members of the Helms Senate family.

      A service celebrating Dot's life will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Hayes Barton Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Interment will be private.
      The family would like to thank all of the friends and relatives who continued to visit, write, and call Dot (and Jesse) in their declining years. A special thanks to the staff and Dot's friends at The Oaks at Whitaker Glen; the staff at The Oaks at Mayview, who took such good care of her husband; Pam Henderson with Transitions LifeCare, and special friends, Marie Montague and the late Dr. Mitchell Hardison.

      In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Helms School of Government at Liberty University, 1971 University Blvd., Lynchburg, Virginia 24502, The Jesse Helms Center Foundation, P.O. Box 247, Wingate, NC 28174; Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

      "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

      Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh.

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