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Helen Ruth Pinder

November 10, 1939 — September 6, 2022

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Helen Ruth (Barrett) Pinder age 82, fondly known by family/ friends in eastern North Carolina as
“Help” passed away peacefully September 6, 2022.


Born to union of the late Simon Barret and Mary Lee (Patrick) Barrett on November 10, 1939 in
Pitt County North Carolina. She attended grades K-12 at W.H. Robinson School in Winterville,
NC. Being an avid learner and knowing the value of education, she earned a Bachelor of
Education at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and later received a
Master of Education. She taught elementary school and eventually became a school librarian in
the Dorchester County, MD School District where she retired. She was very instrumental in
writing grants to bring educational programs to children in the Dorchester County District. Until
her passing, she still remembered students and they remembered her as well.


It was in Maryland where she met her late and beloved husband, Monroe Marvin Pinder. They
were married 47 years until his passing on October 26, 2021. Although, she was a woman without
biological children, she often loved and “mothered” the children of family and friends with kind
words and encouragement.


Helen Ruth will be remembered as a woman of grace, wisdom, quick witted, very generous and
never expecting anything in return. She had a zest for life and enjoyed the simple things –
current events, gardening, nature, reading, family and social gatherings.


More importantly, she always had a unwavering commitment to family. She is preceded in
death by her parents, brothers Robert, John Henry “Skip” and Kilfton Barrett. She will forever
be in the heart of her sister, Rosa Lee (Barrett) King of Maryland, a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.

 

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