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Helen Foss Howell

October 12, 1925 April 23, 2018
Helen Foss Howell
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Obituary for Helen Foss Howell

La Grange-Helen Sutton Foss Howell, 92, peacefully passed away to her heavenly reward on Monday, April 23, 2018. Helen was born October 12, 1925, in Lenoir County to the late Henry Sutton and Mabel Rouse Sutton. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Y. Z. Foss and Clifton Howell, and her son, David Z. Foss.

Life for Helen revolved around serving her Lord and taking care of her family. She personified a Proverbs 31 woman. She lived out her faith and showed concern for others in all she did. A true prayer warrior for Christ, Helen loved spending time daily in her Bible and developing a closer relationship with her Lord. She treasured time spent in her precept classes that she often hosted in her home. Her faith and prayer life were a source of inspiration to family and friends. Her gentle hugs and words of encouragement brought much comfort to those who crossed her path. Helen set an example for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that will lead and guide them all their lives.

Helen was a faithful member of La Grange First Missionary Baptist Church. Always beaming with love and pride, she loved following and supporting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their many endeavors. Time spent in her yard admiring God’s beauty and tending to her flowers brought much pleasure.

A service to celebrate and honor Helen’s life will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home with Rev. Brad Mitchell officiating. Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery.

Helen is survived by two daughters, Gale Walton and husband, Jerry, and Helen Gillette and husband, Michael; eight grandchildren, Trent Mooring and wife, Caroline, David Walton and wife, Jane, Julie Walton, Davidson Gillette and wife, Sarah, Cameron Gillette, Grey Gillette and wife, Kathryn, Annaliese Gillette and fiancé, Ian Thornton, and Burton Gillette; eight great-grandchildren, Eva, Britt, Amelia, Emma, Eli, Olivia, Jesse and Jefferson; and four siblings, Edna Raye Dennis, Betty Arnette, Sybil Cashwell and Ruth Sexton. Four of Helen’s siblings preceded her in death, Leo Sutton, Tom Sutton, Elizabeth Vick and A.J. Sutton.

Family and friends will be received Thursday following the service and at other times they will be at the home of Jerry & Gale Walton, 2286 Autumn Drive, Kinston. Online condolences may be expressed at Helen’s family would to extend a special thanks to Cypress Glen for their loving care and support. Words don’t begin to express our gratitude. Memorials may be made to the David Z. Foss Memorial Scholarship, c/o North Lenoir High School, Attn: Wendy Oliver, 2400 Institute Road, La Grange, NC 28551. Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.

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Service Of Remembrance




7:00 PM 4/26/2018 7:00:00 PM
Rouse Funeral Home

108 North Caswell Street
La Grange, NC 28551-1725

Visitation Will Follow Service

Rouse Funeral Home
108 North Caswell Street La Grange 28551-1725 NC
United States





11:00 AM 4/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
Fairview Cemetery

107 North Forbes Street
La Grange, NC 28551

Fairview Cemetery
107 North Forbes Street La Grange 28551 NC
United States

Cemetery Details


Fairview Cemetery Final Resting Place

107 North Forbes Street
La Grange, NC 28551

107 North Forbes Street La Grange 28551 NC
United States

Memorial Contribution

David Z. Foss Memorial Scholarship

c/o North Lenoir High School, 2400 Institute Road, La Grange, NC 28551

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