N. Helen Major

N. Helen Major

Saturday, March 19th, 1927 - Sunday, November 1st, 2020
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N. Helen Major, 93, of Salem, Va., passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Helen was born on Wednesday, March 19, 1927, in Page, WVa., and spent her youth in Hopewell, Va. After graduation, she moved to northern Virginia and worked at the General Accounting Office. She met her husband, Stanley Major, and they raised two daughters, Carolyn and Barbara, in Falls Church.

Helen was a devoted mother, room mother, team mom, band booster, and a life member of the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was a fabulous seamstress and was known for her majorette and cheerleading uniforms, prom dresses, and suits.

After completing many home responsibilities during the early years of her children, she returned to work as the main secretary for the Falls Church Recreation Department. Upon retirement, Helen and Stanley shared many wonderful years together in Fort Valley and Woodstock, Va., where they relocated. Those who knew Helen will always remember her warm smile, her caring ways, and her joy of family and life.

Surviving are daughters, Carolyn Johnson (Gary) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Barbara Buckley (Ron) of Salem, Va. Helen was blessed with two granddaughters, Brittany Salup (Adam) of New Orleans, La. and Meredith Hahn (Brian) of Midlothian, Va.; and great-grandson, Dawson of Midlothian, Va.

A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020, in Woodstock, Va., due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department at 7088 Fort Valley Road in Fort Valley, Va. 22652, or to the auxiliary to the Virginia State Firefighter’s Association at 9994 Sowden Village Square #544 in Manassas, Va. 20109. Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Private Family Graveside Service

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Sunset View Memorial Gardens
    2677 Fravel Road
    Woodstock, Virginia 22664
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Chaplain Dave Vanderpool
  • Interment

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Sunset View Memorial Gardens
    2677 Fravel Road
    Woodstock, Virginia 22664
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    This is a private family graveside service.


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carolyn kibler

Posted at 08:25pm
Barb and Carolyn and family, so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. i loved cleaning for her and your Dad. i loved them dearly. They were so wonderful to be around. They loved sharing stories of you all when you were growing up and as the granddaughters were growing up as well. I had two boys about the same age and we would laugh and talk about their antics. They loved talking about going out to Colorado to visit with you Carolyn and looked forward to visiting with you Barb and your family. i know you will miss her so much. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. Blessings, Carolyn


Posted at 03:09pm
Barb and Carolyn so sorry for your loss. Will keep family in my prayers. I will remember all the fun times at The Oaks. All my love Patsy

Patricia Mahorney

Posted at 02:55pm
My condolences to Helen's family. So many memories of my friend. The love and joy for her daughters; their spouses, and her granddaughters, which she loved to share. Her love of life and welcoming smile when you knocked on her door or met her and Stanley at Ben's Diner. But, most of all, her infectious laughter. A simple joke would set her off and soon everyone joined in -- they couldn't help themselves. That is what I am hearing now, as someone I know has been waiting for over four years to "set her off" again. Thank you Helen for all the wonderful years we shared. And, thank you Barb for filling in. Love to you all, Pat (LuLu)

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