WINSTON-SALEM - Mrs. Helen Hoxie Lloyd Tomlinson, age 94, passed away on Saturday, the 11th of July, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center due to complications from injury sustained with a fall.
Helen was born on August 31,1920 in Schenectady, New York to Earl A. Hoxie, an electrical engineer, and Virginia Clark Hoxie. She endured the deprivations of the Depression as did many American children, and with her sister Virginia became a surrogate parent to her brother Earle after the early demise of her Mother. She completed a 4-year nursing degree at Temple University of Philadelphia in 1941, where she met and married John T. Lloyd, MD, a surgeon who was soon off to serve in World War II. He and her second husband, chaplain A.S. Tomlinson, both attained the rank of Major during that conflict.
She worked during the war at Temple University and other hospitals as an RN, eventually concluding her nursing career at Franklin Memorial Hospital of Louisburg. She volunteered throughout her adult life, including as a girl scout leader, a member of the local Red Cross board, an elementary school tutor, and in creation of Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, where she was honored after 48 years of service. A breast cancer survivor herself, she organized "Reach to Recovery," a support group for post-mastectomy women. She was active in the Louisburg United Methodist Church, and after marriage to Minister Aubrey Tomlinson continued volunteering in Louisburg Baptist Church organizations, including Women of Purpose, Toy Store Ministry, and Care and Share programs.
Her most visible passion was her magnificent roses, which along with all of her indoor and outdoor plants, flourished under her green thumb. She was a Louisburg Garden Club Member and officer for many years. She preferred the outdoors with a love for golf, the beach, and camping and swimming with family at Saranac Lake. Indoors, she enjoyed needlepoint and knitting of many beautiful creations, crossword puzzles, reading, a game of scrabble, or bridge, at which she excelled.
In her memoirs, Helen stated that if she could live her life over, she would "slow down and appreciate my many blessings, and let my family know more often how much I loved them." Indeed those who were related to or knew her were the truly blessed ones. She gave so much of herself to everyone and asked for so little in return. She will be missed by those who are left to cherish her memory.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dr. John T. Lloyd and Reverend Aubrey S. Tomlinson, and daughter Susan L. Allen. Susan's husband, Lee P. Allen, resides in Beaufort, NC. She is survived by three children, John C. Lloyd and wife Robin P. Lloyd of Winston-Salem, Peggy T. Jackson and husband Wesley Jackson of Henderson, and A.S. (Pete) Tomlinson, Jr. and wife Terri of Louisburg. Her brother Earle Hoxie and wife Helen Hoxie reside in Myrtle Beach. Her widowed sister, Virginia Field. lives in Ligonier, Indiana. She has 11 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 18th, at Louisburg Baptist Church, located at 302 North Main Street in Louisburg, NC.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Louisburg Baptist Church.