Helen C. Love

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 29, 2007

SMITHFIELD—Helen Childrey Love, 90, died Dec. 27, 2007.

Mrs. Love joins her husband, Harry Washington “Happy” Love, who preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1989.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. Helen grew up at Oper Hall in Dumbarton of Richmond.

After graduating from The College of William and Mary, she served as school librarian in Victoria, Va. and Rocky Mount, Va., where she met Happy.

She and Happy married at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Richmond, on July 16, 1943. They moved to Smithfield in 1946 after his honorable discharge from the Army and built their home, Happy Hill, overlooking marshes and the banks of Cypress Creek and Pagan Creek.

She was a librarian at the Chapman Library and the Isle of Wight Academy, and served as a volunteer at the Isle of Wight Museum.

She was a faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church, and a founder of the PennyWise shop.

An avid Bridge player and a frequent golfer at Smithfield Downs Golf Course, she also enjoyed many pleasurable days on her porch watching the birds, reading her books and enjoying the “million dollar view” at Happy Hill.

Survivors include six children, David and wife Kathy of Richmond, John and wife Barbara of Rockville, Md., Susie Love and husband Jay Callahan of Chicago, Illinois, Mary Love and husband Alan Copeland of Virginia Beach, Linda E. Love and family of Bobbie, Autumn, Summer, Season and Taylor of Richmond, and Howard Love of Richmond; seven grandchildren, Kae Elliott, Shanon Love, Laura Mulvaney, Michael and Christopher Callahan, and Kelcie and Molly Copeland; two great-grandchildren, Kaela and Brendan Elliott; her brother, Dr. Stephen Childrey and wife Phyllis of Chase City; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children whom she loved dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, Smithfield.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Richmond, where her cremated remains will be placed beside those of Happy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of Christ Episcopal Church, 111 South Church St., Smithfield, VA 23430.