Helen Marie Chappell

helen chappell
Helen Marie Chappell passed away on July 22, 2008 peacefully at her family home several weeks after her 92nd birthday. A native of northern Virginia, Helen was born in Georgetown on July 6, 1916. Helen was one of the original Rosie Riveters during World War II that started women in the workforce. Her husband Burke "Hughes" Chappell was in the Army. After years of traveling Helen & Hughes settled in northern Virginia to raise a family. They resided & had a business in Vienna for 40 years until Hughes passed away in August 2006, after 65 years of marriage. Helen is survived by her three children, Burke, Dale a brother Charles "Bus" (Shirley) Bell of McLean, Virginia; a sister, Jean Bell Harris of Charlottesville, Virginia; & many nieces & nephews.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. Helen will be remembered as cherished Aunt Sister. She was a super wife and mother, and half of a wonderful “sister act”. She was fun and warm and spicy!

  2. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Sister and Mother. I will always remeber her for her Tailgate parties and the Bloody Marys Sunday afternoons at RFK! What fun Daddy and I would have! When her and Jean got together-watch out! You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sandy

  3. With my deepest sympathies, I send my condolences, and recall fond memories of happy times. I am certain Burke and Charlie are welcoming Helen to join them, with open arms! Sincerely, Dorothy

  4. To the family of Mrs. Chappell, My memories of both Helen and Burke and the fun with my grandfather, Charlie, are many! I am sure Mr Chappell and my grandfather have thrown a welcome party to end all, and they are all 3 looking down on us and helping us celebrate her life! My deepest sympathies for your families loss. Sincerely Nicole Russell Charlie Morrisons youngest granddaugther/ Susans daughter)

  5. To Mrs. Chapppell’s family. I did not know her but as I read her obituary in the Post felt that I wanted to send you my condolences. I have a personal affinity for the Rosie Riveters and, as a working woman, have benefited by the strides they made toward women in the workplace. It sounds like your loved one had a wonderful life blessed by a long marriage, a big family and much love. What stories she must have had to tell and I can only imagine the memories she leaves behind. My heartfelt condolences to you all.

  6. I have very fond memories of both Helen and Burke going back to being just a little girl at my Granddaddy’s knee. I always felt so special when I got to sit on the stool and operate the cash register at Shell. We were always treated like part of the family with a warm hug and kiss and their Redskins tailgate parties were always the best! I believe that she, Burke, and Granddaddy are having their own party and remembering the good old days. Our hearts and condolences go out to the entire Chappell family with much love and prayer. Warmest Regards, Tricia Morrison Boh and Family

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