Miss Mary A. Helmer / Mrs. Mary H. Williams

b. 1927 - Newport News, VA
d. 24 Nov 2004 - Newport News, VA - age 77

Woodrow Wilson High School
Newport News High School Class of June 1944

Longwood College, B.S., The College of William and Mary, M.Ed.

Guidance, History; Radio-Speech; Government
Typhoon Time Advisor


Woodrow Wilson High School: Biography club; chorus. NNHS: Latin club; Staffs: Mrs. Miniver", "Through the Night", Eustis trips, Beacon weekly staff; Jr. Red Cross rep.; Infirmary assistant; 4-Low decoration committee. Home Room 309
June 1944 Anchor, p. 12 1951 The Warwick 1954 Anchor, p. 10 1959 Anchor, p. 42 1964 Anchor, p. 49
08/24/09 Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54)
of NC - 08/29/09
08/24/09 08/24/09 08/24/09

Mary H. Williams

NEWPORT NEWS - Mary Helmer Williams, 77, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at home.

A native of Newport News, Mary had been a lifelong Peninsula resident. Following graduation from Newport News High School, Longwood College, and The College of William & Mary, she pursued a career in education and taught History and Government in Newport News for 38 years. She retired from her last teaching assignment at Denbigh High School in 1986.

Mary was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church and later, Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. She was also a member if the Newport News Women's Club.

Preceded in death by her parents, Arthur B. and Daisy Helmer, and her sister, Martha H. Chaples, she is survived by her devoted husband of 40 years, W. E. Williams; brother-in-law, Major Phillip L. Chaples; one aunt, several nieces and nephews. Also her devoted companion, 'Princess'.

Memorial services and a reception will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606 or Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, 414 Hiden Blvd. Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press from 11/26/2004 - 11/27/2004.

Here's a little more info for your nice page remembering Miss Helmer.

She was a teacher at Warwick High School in 1950 and 1951 (perhaps earlier, but my info dates back to 1950 annual, in which her picture appears in the faculty section).

She taught Journalism (I know) and English (I think). She was also the school newspaper's sponsor, and this image (above, center) of her with newspaper's co-editors appears in the 1951 annual (as well as a posed one in the faculty section).

I had to get her permission to take Journalism in 1952, but when that school year rolled around, she was no longer on the WHS faculty.

Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 08/29/09
Thanks, Bill!

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