Helen Louise Gilbert – Tryon’s Daily Bulletin
TRYON-Helen passed away peacefully on September 6, 2021 at her home in Tryon, North Carolina. She was born on October 29, 1932 in Weirton, WV.
His mother Barbara Mihalchik Hrin and his father Michael Hrin emigrated to America from Czechoslovakia and settled in Weirton, WV. Helen was predeceased by her brother Michael “Curly” Hrin, brother John Hrin, Sister Anna Evancho and Sister Mary Paul. She is survived by her husband, James Dean Gilbert, of Tryon’s house, NC, his daughter Jacqueline Bartell (husband Mark) of Boiling Springs, SC, and his son Mike Lemley of New Cumberland, WV. She is survived by three grandchildren, Michael Bartell, Molly Bartell and Mary Ann Bartell.
Helen spent her early years as a cosmetologist in Weirton. She owned the Charm Beauty Salon for many years and was very active in her community making fashion and beauty shows and supporting charity, although her greatest joy has been raising her children, Mike and Jackie. When Helen moved south to Spartanburg, she continued her career in the beauty industry by buying Delite Beauty Supply.
She met James in 1989 and, after their marriage, she sold the store and they moved to the Red Fox Country Club in Tryon, NC.
They have been married for thirty-two years. During their first years of marriage, Helen traveled extensively with James because of his career in the horticultural industry. While an officer of the
Plant Propagators Society, they traveled to several foreign countries to meetings and visits. Among the countries that Helen enjoyed visiting with James included Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Holland, France, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and England. On these trips she was the ‘life of the
party. ”Everyone loved her smiley face and good humor!
In Tryon, Helen was involved in many community service activities. She was an active board member and fundraiser for Steps to HOPE, an organization who helps abused women and children. For many years she supported St. Jude Memphis Children’s Research Hospital. She started the Foxy Ladies Luncheon Club, whose members came together for fun and to raise money for Steps at Hope, Hospice and Relais pour la Vie.
She was also a leader of the Red Fox Club Dinner. She was co-chair of the 2011 Home Tour for the Green Blade Garden Club. In 2012, she was named to the Second Wind Hall of Fame. Helen was a deacon in the Congregational Church and loved decoration of the church during the holidays.
She worked part time for several local boutiques and loved to make fashion shows for these stores. She especially enjoyed working with clients and meeting people from many places. Customers loved her and she loved help them!
She was a beautiful and wonderful woman and will be missed by all who knew her!
A memorial service for Helen will be scheduled at a later date due to the Covid virus situation. Once the plans are made, an ad will appear in The Tryon Daily Bulletin and on the Petty Funeral Home website.
Based on Wishes Helen, the memorial service will be a relaxed, happy and positive time opportunity for friends and family to come together and remember their happy times together.
In remembrance of Helen Gilbert’s life, the family requests that any charity donations be made in his name to Steps to HOPE, an organization that helps abused women and children. Helen has served on the Steps to HOPE Board of Directors for many years. Please send your memorial donation for Steps to HOPE to: PO Box 518, 60 Ward Street, Columbus, NC 28722. Their website is: www.stepstohope.org.
Condolences can be left with the family at www.pettyfuneralhome.com.
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