Jul 15, 2052 – Apr 28, 2010
Helen Mae Thurston, 57, of Mineral, passed away at her home Wednesday, April 28, 2010. She was born July 15, 1952 in Goochland County, VA. Helen taught in the local area for 30 years having last taught at Goochland High School. She loved arts, crafts, and her flower gardens.
Helen is survived by her mother, Myrtle Helen Thurston, her brother, Floyd Thomas Thurston, Jr. and wife Sue of Manakin-Sabot, her three sisters, Irene Stewart and husband Steve of Maidens, Linda C. Armstrong and husband Raymond of Mineral, Shirley Thurston of Goochland, three nephews, Gabe Stewart, C.T. Stewart and Tommy Childress and his wife Holli, three great nephews, Spencer, Alex and Carter. She was preceded in death by her father Floyd Thomas Thurston.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2010 at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa, VA 23093.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2010 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Ave, Louisa, VA 23238, with Mike Bowles officiating.
Sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Thank you so much for being there for me, that really blessed me. I know you are up in heaven. I am so happy that you are. I will miss you. Ms. Thurston, you meant a lot to me. You are so brave and have so much courage that I had no idea you where sick because you never showed it to any of us. Thank you so much for being there. No matter how bad your day was you never showed that to us. I honor you for that. I want to be just like that on everyday. The conversation you had with my mom about me and the nice things you said will stay with me forever. You had nothing bad to say about me. My mom told me what you would say about me that is all I really needed. Seeing smiling face everyday in class. I would forget all things that happened that morning. I loved when you made us read. I loved reading the British literature you had so much passion for it. Well you are now in Gods hands and may he hold you close. We will miss you so much. I will never forget you.from: Allie Byers
Mrs. Thurston was a great teacher and a wonderful person i miss her very much and wish she was here but she`s in a better place now and can feel no more pain.
The thoughts and prayers of my husband and I are with you. We both had the distinct pleasure of working with Helen for the past many years at GHS. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor for so many kids, and the thoughts of appreciation and loss that have been expressed here by her students are but a hint as to the far-reaching effect that she had on so many. Her love, dedication, and passion for these children lives on in each of them. She taught them and all of us, her colleagues, so much more than English. She taught us love, patience, kindness, and even feistiness when necessary, and never to settle for less than our personal best. I can think of no better tribute of praise for any life lived. She will be greatly missed by us all.
To the family and friends of Ms.Thurston, I am truly sorry for your lost. I know exactly how it feels to lose someone who is not ready to go. Ms thurston was my 12th grade teacher. An i will never forget the things she has taught me and my whole senior class. I speak for everyone is this classroom that has had the honor of being taught by her when i say im sorry and she will be missed very very much. She taught me how to have and show respect for the things in life that don`t mean much to some people. And with the help of her i am now going into the United States Marine Corps and through out my service i will never forget who helped me on my way through school and helped me graduate. I know she will be there to watch all of her students walk across the stage. An she will know, if it wasn`t for her then none of us would be here getting ready to graduate. I am truly sorry and i give all of you my best.
Ms. Thurston was the best teacher ever. If i needed someone to talk to about something she would be the one i could talk to! I will miss her so much! She was always sweet!
My thoughts and prayer go out to the Thurston Family…. And may God Bless you in your time of Sorrow ~R.I.P Ms Helen Thurston~
She was a nice…former Goochland student.
I am very sorry for your loss.
I did not know Helen as well as others did. In fact, I knew her more on a professional level than a personal one. My first encounter with Helen was during in-service training. I was becoming frustrated with learning a new computer program. She quickly told me, Just put the computer away and listen for now. It`s okay you`ll get through this.” Her quiet calm demeanor was all I needed to refocus on what was important – learning how to be a better teacher to reach students. To me that`s what Helen was. Someone who was always wanting a way to encourage others to be the very best they could be. It has been an honor to try to teach her students these past few months. I have learned so much from her and her students. Many thanks for all your support and kindness.Mrs. DeFore”
Im so sorry for your loss, ya`ll will be in my thoughts
MRS THURSTON WAS A GREAT TEACHER SHE CARED ABOUT HER STUDENTS. SHE WAS VERY NICE TEACHER. WE WILL MISS HER VERY MUCH.
I taught with Helen, was in the pod with her, and considered her a friend. Helen always tried to put a positive twist on everything. She was a joy to be around. My prayers go out to her family. May you smile when you remember the good times.
she was a really nice teacher
Ms. Thurston was a very nice lady and will be missed by everyone in the school. She always used to tell me I didn`t need to be in her class, that I was above the classes I was in and should have been in a higher difficulty.I will ALWAYS miss Ms. Thuston and my heart goes out to the family.
I`m sorry for your loss. And i didn`t get a chance to meet Ms. Thurston but I heard alot of good things about her. And wish i would have got that chance. Ms. Thurston you will be missed !
The Thurston Family,I`m so sorry to hear about your lost. Nothing can Take away the love and memories,embrace them and keep them hear your heart. With Sympathy,
Helen was such an amazing woman. I wanted to shrink her down and out her in my pocket so I could have her strength every day. She is greatly missed. Helen, we will get through this. 28 days! Love you so much!
Dear Linda and the rest of the family, I don`t think I`ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Helen. Judging from the MANY tributes from her former students, she was a very special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.Hugs,Pat Richardsonformer co-worker of Linda and Irene
I miss you.
I am very sorry for your loss.
Words cannot express how much Ms. Thurston meant to me. She was a true inspiration and I will never forget all of the conversations she and I shared. It was a pleasure to have known her. May her spirit forever live in your hearts as it will mine. I hope you will be able to take comfort that she is resting now and no longer has to worry about the cares of this world.
We are so sorry for your loss. Ms.Thurston was a great teacher and she was so patient with the kids. The Education profession has lost a wonderful teacher that spirit will live forever and always but will never be replaced. Ms. Thurston was very dedicated to the kids and her school and co workers in general. I will keep your family in my prayers. ~Rest In Paradise Ms. Helen Thurston~!!
We are very sorry for your loss. Ms. Thurston was a great teacher, she will truly be missed. The educational profession has lost a teacher that can`t be replaced. Ms. Thurston dedication and her love for her job was displayed with our daughter`s sucess in high school for nearly four years. The memories will last forever!
I LOVE U MISS THURSTON. WITH OUT YOU I WOULD NOT HAVE MADE IT THROUGH SCHOOL. YOU WERE MY LIFE IN SCHOOL. EVERY TIME I SAW U, U MADE MY DAY GREAT. U WERE MY BEST FRIEND IN SCHOOL. I LOVE U WITH ALL MY HEART. I WILL NEVER FORGET U AND U WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. I WILL NEVER LET U GO FORM MY HEART. MISS U FOREVER. U WERE GOOCHLAND HIGH SCHOOL. U WERE THE BEST. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER MISS THURSTON. FOREVER TJ STEWART
Ms. Thurston was a wonderful teacher who would do anything to help a student do their best. She strived for excellence no matter how hard something may of seemed. She only asked for you to do one thing and one thing only, try your hardest and give it your best. She has been my teacher since 9th grade. Every year she would tell me, Come on Tyler we got to get across that stage.” Well when the class of 2010 goes across that stage Ms. Thurston WILL be there with all of US! Thank you Ms. Thurston for everything.”
I was one of Helen`s classmates as well as a co-worker. Helen, in her quiet way, always made others feel good about themselves. I am SO sorry to hear of her passing. I know that she will be missed by students, family, and friends.
Mrs.Thurston was my son`s english teacher,but not just a teacher she was so much more. She cared about him and wanted him to suceed and she would fuss at him when he needed it and encourage him everyday to be his best. She was an outstanding educator devoted to her students. She will be missed.
We will always miss you Ms. Thurston. I would of never made it through high school with out her. She was by far the best teacher i`ve had and no one could ask for a better teacher. She was like a mom to me and always helped me out with more than school work. I could tell her anything and she was always there for me. God bless her and her family. She will always be watching over us and see us walk across that stage and I know she will have a smile on her face.
I was one of Helen`s classmates at Goochland. It was a pleasure to know her. I sorry to hear of her passing. I know she will be missed. I say a prayer for all of her family
I treasure that Helen let me be her sister. I always wanted to have a sister. HAY Hay left us with so many memories. Even though she lost her battle with cancer she did so with grace. She taught me so much over these past months.
Linda I was sorry to learn of the loss of your sister. My condolences to you and your family. Marty
Dear Mrs. Thurston, Shirley, Linda, Irene and family,I am so sorry to hear of Helen`s passing away…she was such a kind and fun personas all of you are. Remember the good times with her…time will not make it go away but it will help…Love to you all and my prayers are with you.
To all of you, I was very sadden to hear of Helen`s death and I have your whole family in my thoughts and prayers. You all are a wonderful family and my heart goes out to you. GOD be with you.