September 20, 1936 - December 21, 2021
Helen Athalia Shaw Worthy, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in Mesa, AZ. There will be multiple events to celebrate her life, in both her home and adopted states: Friday, January 7, 2022 4-6PM Visitation & Viewing Davis Funeral Home, 901 S. 5th ST, Wilmington, NC 28401 Saturday, January 8, 2022 11AM Funeral Service St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th ST, Wilmington, NC 28401 (livestream link: https://www.youtube.com/c/STPaulsEpicsopalChurchWilmingtonNCUTUBE Followed by luncheon reception Followed by burial at: Greenlawn Memorial Park 1311 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28412 Saturday, January 22, 2022, 11AM 11AM Memorial Service followed by reception Church of the Redeemer, 717 N Stapley Dr, Mesa, AZ 85203 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christian Care Foundation, specifying Fellowship Square Historic Mesa, which was Helen’s home for the past 7 years, and provides a wonderful, caring community for seniors: https://www.fellowshipsquareseniorliving.org/online-donations/ or mail to: Christian Care Foundation, 2400 West Dunlap, Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85021 In Memory of Helen Helen Worthy was born on September 20, 1936, in Wilmington, NC to James Henry Shaw and Celia Bell (Holmes) Shaw. She was a proud member of the Williston High School class of 1954, and at the age of just 17 became a Navy wife, embarking on a 20-year adventure faithfully facing the challenges of regular moves, new jobs, and raising her four children. Throughout her life she was known as consummate administrative professional who always made time for community service and to sing in her church and local choirs. In 1971, Helen settled into post-Navy life in Northern Virginia, working as an administrative assistant for several companies and her own business with Mary Kay Cosmetics where she rose to the role of Senior Sales Director. She was an active member of Women In Community Action (WICA) and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. When she re-entered government service in the 1990s, she served on the National Partnership for Reinventing Government directly under Vice President Al Gore. In 2000, she retired from U.S. Customs and moved back to her hometown of Wilmington. Helen remained extremely active in retirement, singing in the Williston Alumni choir and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church choirs, volunteering with the U.S. Census, registering voters, coaching youth as a lifetime member of the NAACP organizing candidate forums while serving as Chairperson of the New Hanover Chapter of National Black Leadership Caucus and becoming the first Black woman elected as New Hanover County Democrat Party Chairperson. She was even a voting delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO. Even with all her achievements, her door remained humbly open to help friends and neighbors with any administrative issue, government issue, filing a tax return, planting flowers or even sewing a wedding dress. She lived believing that you ‘can-do’ with God’s help and that God wants us to help others Facing increasing health challenges, Helen showed her trademark flexibility and courage in 2014 by making the choice to move to Mesa, Arizona to be close to her youngest daughter’s family. There she sang in her community choir, went her grandchildren’s events, attended Church of the Redeemer, and enjoyed the occasional margarita with a friend. She was proud to tell everyone that she was from North Carolina. Her faith in Jesus was true and devout; there is no doubt that she is now healthy and at peace. Helen is preceded in death by her parents James and Celia Shaw, and sisters Eva Mae Mitchell and Annette Shaw. Helen is survived by her children Wanda (LaVon) Scott, Charlene (Gary) Carper, Charles (Linda) Worthy, Tanya (Wayne) Mihailov, her grandchildren Tiffany Williams, Chris (Comfort) Benton, Amanda (Eric) Deibel, Emily (Chris) Lamb, Gabrielle Carper, Aleksandra Mihailov, and Stefán Mihailov; and seven great-grandchildren. Her memory will also be cherished by her sisters Marilyn Shaw, Janette Shaw, life-long friends Stephanie Moore and Mildred Everette, a litany of nieces, cousins, nephews, co-workers, co-volunteers, and countless friends. Hers was a revolutionary life that will be remembered for generations.
Helen Athalia Shaw Worthy, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in Mesa, AZ. There will be multiple events to celebrate her life, in both her home and adopted states: Friday, January 7, 2022 4-6PM Visitation & Viewing Davis Funeral... View Obituary & Service Information
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