Helen Holmes Hodges COLINGTON ISLAND - Helen Holmes Hodges
passed away at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, surrounded by her
Helen was born in Norfolk on Oct. 7, 1926, to the late Mary Webb and
Leland Lake Holmes. She was preceded in death by her brother, Leland L.
Holmes; sister-in-law Annette B. Holmes; and daughter-in-law, Jody Schefer.
Helen is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Luther C. "Buddy"
Hodges; her children, Barbara Hammoudeh, Robert Hodges, Molly and Lee
Hickman, and Bess Hodges; her beloved grandchildren, Buddy Ogrodnik and
Lila Barrows; her dear nieces Maryanne Vest, Martha Smith, Sally Carver,
and Helen Schneider and their families; and a host of great friends and
Helen spent her childhood in Norfolk's Ocean View neighborhood. After the
death of her father, Helen and her mother relocated to Washington, D.C.
where Helen attended Central High School and George Washington
Helen spent many idyllic days on the Chesapeake Bay playing as a child in the
sand hills and live oaks that abounded on the bay prior to its development.
Helen shared wonderful stories of growing up in Ocean View: watching the
haul seines teeming with live fish being pulled on the beach; riding Ocean
View Amusement Park's Sky Rocket (The Leapty-Dip); taking the Norfolk
streetcar that carried beach goers down Granby Street to the bay; and
enjoying with her mother lunches on the mezzanine at Smith and Welton.
Helen and Buddy fell in love as teenagers, married, and raised four children.
She was a devoted wife and mother. Helen returned to college at Old
Dominion University to complete her B.S. in elementary education. She was
employed for 25 years as a 4th grade teacher and reading resource specialist at
Princess Anne Elementary School in Virginia Beach.
Helen always enjoyed reading, travel, and nature. She loved camping in the
Hatteras National Seashore and spent many summer days on the beach
fishing, swimming and exploring.
After retiring, Helen and Buddy relocated to their "dream home" in the Bay
Cliff community on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Helen's family wishes
to thank the crew at Colington Volunteer Fire and Rescue; Mary Ebinger, RN
and Debra Williams, CNA at Community Home Health & Hospice; and
Theresa Bradshaw, RN and Vern Metcalf, MD, at Health East for supporting
our ardent wish that Helen live out her life in the home she so loved.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions to honor
Helen's memory may be made to the Colington Volunteer Fire Department,
108 Schoolhouse Road, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 or the Alzheimer's
Association , www.alz.org.
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at
Published in The Virginian Pilot on September 3, 2011