Helen Lea Roberts
Mrs. Helen Lea Roberts, age 97, of St. Georges, DE, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2010.
A native Delawarean, Mrs. Roberts was born in Delaware City on May 6, 1913, daughter of the late Hugh Preston Lea and Anna Estelle Johnson Lea. She was a 1935 graduate of the Wilmington General Hospital School of Nursing and would go on to serve her country proudly as a member of the US Army Nurse Corps during World War II. After her honorable discharge from military service, she resumed her nursing career and later retired as a public nurse for New Castle County in 1978.
Active in her community, Mrs. Roberts was a longtime member of the Delaware City Presbyterian Church and the St. Georges Historical Society. She was also a member of the Wilmington General Alumni Association and the Womens War Memorial Society.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James R. Roberts, Jr., her daughter, Lea R. McElrath, and her grandson, Donald B. McElrath, Jr. She is survived by her son, James R. Roberts III of Newark, DE; and her granddaughter, Jamie McElrath Schwartz, MD, of Glenwood, MD.
A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, June 18, 2010, at the St. Georges Historical Society, 200 N. Main Street, St. Georges, DE, where visitation will begin at 1 pm. Interment will follow in St. Georges Cemetery on Kirkwood-St. Georges Road.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Roberts may be made to Womens Veterans Programs, c/o Volunteer Services of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805; or to the Colonial Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 111 E. Scotland Drive, Bear, DE 19701.
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