Helen (Bowditch) Runion

Born: Mon., Jun. 1, 1925
Died: Sat., Jan. 19, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 22, 2013
Location: Henline - Hughes Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Wed., Jan. 23, 2013
Location: Vians Valley Presbyterian Church

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Helen Bowditch Runion, age 87, of Bakersville, passed from this life into the arms of Jesus on January 19, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.

A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late E. D. “Ed” and Bernice Hamrick Bowditch. She graduated from Bowman High School and from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1945 with a major in Home Economics and Chemistry. Mrs. Runion was an outstanding educator, having taught in North Carolina, Tennessee and Pennsylvania schools. During the later part of her career, she was a teacher at Gouge Elementary School where she taught hundreds of students. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the retired teachers association. Helen and Bob returned from Pennsylvania to manage Bowditch Orchard which was founded by Helen’s grandfather Joseph Bowditch for her father Ed Bowditch. She was a life-long member of Vians Valley Presbyterian Church, which was founded by her grandparents where she served as an Elder and Sunday School Teacher. Helen had a special gift of love and hospitality, lovingly welcoming all those she knew or met. The Runion home was always a gathering place for family and friends. Her children were the joy of her life and she looked forward to having them at home. Family reunions and Christmas gatherings have always been special events where family, friends and the community have always been included.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Frances Bowditch Garner and Miriam Bowditch, her brother, Edwin Bowditch, and her grandson, Robert Philip Rowland.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert M. Runion, and by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Steve Rowland, of Raleigh; Mary and Gary Pyatte, of Bakersville, Ruth and Bill Cline, of Denver, NC, Rose and Tim McDaniel, of Thomasville, and Maxine Runion, of Matthews. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kristy Pyatte Blanton and her husband Jason, Jennifer Pyatte Cook and her husband Josh, Elizabeth Pyatte Payne and her husband Neil, all of Bakersville; Casey Cline and Brather Cline; Andrew Roland, Ben Rowland, and Timothy McDaniel; and five great grandchildren, Abby and Emma Cook, Jace and Keller Blanton, and Evan Payne.

Helen is also survived by Betsy and Sanford Harris of Rocky Mount, Lora Runion of Asheboro, Charles Runion of Spruce Pine, Ruby Runion Kelley of Baltimore, and 16 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM at Henline – Hughes Funeral Home. The Roan Mountain Chapter #29 Order of the Eastern Star will perform rites immediately following visitation at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the Runion home, 1085 NC Highway 80. 

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 1:00PM at the Vians Valley Presbyterian Church at NC Highway 80 (Mine Creek Rd) with the Pastor Bob Simes, Rev. Neil Payne and Rev. Jacob Willis officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Vians Valley Presbyterian Church, PO Box 2, Bakersville, NC 28705, Hospice of Mitchell County, 236 Hospital Drive Spruce Pine, NC 28777, or Gideons International Mitchell County Camp, PO Box 611 Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

The family would like to thank Faye Freeman, Hazel Grindstaff, the staff of the Mitchell County Hospice and family and friends for their tender care and support of Helen and the entire Runion Family.

Henline – Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Runion Family.

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Ken And Wanda Bowman
   Posted Sun January 20, 2013
You are in our prayers always

Lisa Robinson
   Posted Mon January 21, 2013

Mark and Debra Talton
   Posted Mon January 21, 2013
we are so sorry for your loss, we will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Dede Nunn
   Posted Mon January 21, 2013
Earths loss is certainly Heaven's gain! I feel honored to have had the opportunity to have met and spend time with your mom back in the summer. She was certainly a very special and blessed woman and you could feel the love that surrounded her by family and friends.

Steven and Margaret Helms (UPS)
   Posted Mon January 21, 2013
Maxine you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Please don't hesitate to call if there is anything that we can do for you!

Kathy (Johnson of Ohio) Secrest
   Posted Mon January 21, 2013
In our thoughts and prayers, to all the family. We will miss seeing her smiling face at the reunion. Dad (Ray Johnson) and the family have very special memories of her and the whole Runion family, Dad would always tell us stories of how much fun he had with the runion family.. May God Bless You All!!

Kevin Foster
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
I am sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother. Mrs. Runion was an awesome lady and always kind and loving. The world has lost a great person, but heaven is better with her presence.

Jeff Holden
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
Dear Maxine,
We are so sorry to hear the news about your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will be thinking of you and the rest of the family.

The Holden family

Glenn Amason (G-Money)
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family, may God keep you in his ever loving arms.

Chester and Lucy Black
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
Sharon, Steve, Ben and Andrew we send our sympathy for your loss. We are never ready to give up the ones we love so dearly but need to remember they have gone to the reward they so richly deserve. Our prayers and thoughts are with you tonight. God loves all his creation. Chet and Lucy Black

Joseph & Iris Green
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
Our heart grieves at the news and loss of your mom, but our spirit rejoices knowing the loving impact your mom has had on several generations. May God bless, keep and comfort the Runion family as only He can.

Green Family

Eddie Osegueda
   Posted Wed January 23, 2013
Dear Maxine,
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Becky Woody Brannigan
   Posted Wed January 23, 2013
Dear Family,
I can't say how sorry I am for your loss. It's never easy saying goodbye, especially to your parent. My heart felt sympathy is with each of you. Everytime I drive by your homeplace i remember all the great and fun times spent at your house. Climbing the mountain, playing in the apple house pushing each other down the conveyor in apple boxes, riding bikes at your grandmothers in Red Hill and the most favorite is sleigh riding down the steep hill with at least 3 girls stacked. We knew how to have fun no doubt! I love each of you and will always remember how sweet your momma was. I'd love to stay in touch with you.

Rodney 'R&R' and Rhonda 'Lil Sister' Billings
   Posted Wed January 23, 2013
To Maxine 'Country Girl',
I was with heavy heart when I heard the news. If God grants me the time, I will feel the pain and void of losing a parent. I know you must be hurting at this time. But it is so comforting to know that 'To be absent from the body is to be in the presense of Jesus.' What an awesome thought. That your precious mother is right now rejoicing in the arms of our Savior Himself. No more pain and short breaths, but she is breathing deeply in His love, mercy, and grace. I love you Country Girl and miss you at work. The CB radio is not the same without your 'Ya'll have a good ride home.' I know that by reading these condolences that your mom had a good ride home. Hope to see you soon. To my sister in Christ, Little Sister

Curtis and Glenda Burrell
   Posted Thu January 24, 2013
Dear Maxine,
We are sorry for your loss, and are remembering you and your family daily in our prayers!

veronica boone buchanan
   Posted Fri January 25, 2013
dear family i am sorry for ur loss mrs runion was my 3rd grade teacher at gouge elementary school in bakersville nc out of all my teachers i remember her well cause she was my grandma and my mothers teachers also but GOD knows best and 1 day u will see her again....GOD BLESS ALL OF U...

   Posted Sun January 27, 2013
My deepest condolences to the family for your loss, may your hearts find peace and comfort in knowing that soon, all suffering and death will be no more -Revelation 21:3, 4.

Ellen (Seatz) Norris
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
Dear Mr. Runion, Sharon, Mary, Ruth, Max, and Rose,
I just learned about your mother passing and wanted to send my sympathy. I haven't seen any of you for years, but still hold the memories of good friends and good times close in my heart. Mrs. Helen was a very special lady! Sending hugs to all of you.

   Posted Sun October 20, 2013
Dear Maxine,
My deepest sympathies for the lost of your mother. I am truly sorry for your lost. May you find comfort in all the fine memories of you and your family. Sincerely,
Lisa Cox

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