Helen Walden celebrates 100th birthday


Helen B. Walden of Greensboro turned 100 on Monday.

She was born in 1915 in Browns Summit.

She retired in 1980 as branch manager of the former Southeast Branch Library after 28 years of service. The library is now known as the Vance Chavis Library. During her career as a librarian, she initiated community outreach programs by providing tutorial services for primary students; extending films and books to senior citizens in the Catholic mission at their fellowship luncheons; and increasing membership in the Junior Great Books and Book Review Forum. The community meeting room bears her name in recognition of her work.

She loves flower gardening and kept a beautiful rose garden that included her favorite tropicana rose.

Walden is a member of Providence Baptist Church and enjoys receiving several cards each week from church members.

She was married to H. Ruffin Walden Jr. for 58 years.

Her family includes two children, Ruffin Walden and his wife, Edna, of Springfield, Ill., and Carolyn Munchus and her husband, George, of Birmingham, Ala.; five grandchildren and two great-grand children.

Family members, caregivers, church members, friends and neighbors visited with her on her birthday as she enjoyed her favorite ice cream dessert.

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