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Trula Helton Ensley

December 1, 1925October 15, 2019

Trula Helton Ensley’s bodily life on earth ended on October 15, 2019, in Culpeper, VA. She was born on December 1, 1925, in Russell County to Elijah and Martha Comer Helton. Trula was the youngest of nine children. She and her siblings who all preceded her in death are now singing once again on the front porch with oldest brother, Jacob Helton, strumming his guitar. The rest of the Helton clan keeping the circle unbroken include sisters: Russell Helton Artrip, Bonnie Helton Merriman, Bessie Helton Martin and Kathleen Helton Baker; brothers: Roy Helton, William Helton and Paul Helton; half-brother, Benjamin Franklin Helton; and half-sisters: Rebecca Jane Helton Barton, Nora Kate Helton and Alta Helton Campbell.

Trula came to Fieldale following high school to care for her sisters’ children. There she met Alvis Eugene (“Gene”) Ensley whom she married in 1945 upon his return from serving in World War II. Trula is survived by her son, Ralph Ensley (Jane) of Goldvein, VA, and daughter, Martha Ensley Stokes (Steve) of Montpelier, VA. To continue her laughter and kindness in the world are granddaughter, Sara Ensley Brooks (Grant) and two step-granddaughters, Ginny Crider Hauger (Steve), and Ashley Stokes along with two great grandsons, Cael and Everett Brooks, and three step-great grandchildren, Jenna Hauger, Jack Hauger and Lily Cason-Stokes. Numerous very special nieces and nephews survive her and will carry forth the memory of their youngest aunt.

Trula’s life-long dream was to be a nurse, but because of her family circumstances she was unable to fulfill that dream. After coming to Henry County, she worked in the Fieldale Hosiery Mill for seven years. She later worked at the DuPont plant in Martinsville for twenty-five years. Following the death of her husband in 1975, Trula decided to do something about her long-delayed dream. At age 50, she retired from DuPont and entered the Certified Nurse’s Aide training program at Patrick Henry Community College. Following the training, she went to work in the Physical Therapy Department of the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County. Trula spent almost 20 years in her second career, the one she had dreamed of as a young woman.

In addition to the love of her family and caring for others, Trula loved her church and displayed a strong Christian faith throughout her life. She leaves behind many dear friends at Fieldale United Methodist Church. Special appreciation is offered to the members of her church family who supported her faithful aging while she lived in Martinsville and Henry County and continued to love and visit her during her time in Culpeper.

Visitation will be held at Fieldale United Methodist Church at 10:30 AM on Monday, October 21st, followed by a celebration of Trula’s life beginning at 11:30 AM. A graveside service will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Trula loved flowers, but often said she wanted them while she was living, not when she died. While flowers are welcome, if you prefer to honor Trula with a longer lasting donation please direct it to Fieldale United Methodist Church, 36 Patrick Avenue, Fieldale, VA 24089. Collins Funeral Home, 30 Riverside Drive, Bassett VA is proudly serving the family. Online condolences are welcome at www.collinsmckeestonefuneralhomebassett.com


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Trula Helton Ensley

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Courtney Lippencott

October 24, 2019

Trula was such a sweet and caring person and never met a stranger and showed love and appreciation to everyone. She will be missed by many and never forgotten as her sweet smile always left a lasting impression. Thoughts and prayers to you all....

Janet Patterson

October 21, 2019

Prayers and sympathy for the family, Trula was a special and sweet person!

Patrice Newnam

October 20, 2019


I Have thought of you and your mom so many times over the years. Both of you were such a happy memory of GWC. So sorry to hear of your loss.

Patrice and Ed Newnam

Rhonda Draper Martin

October 19, 2019

I remember Trula when I was in high school with her daughter Martha. She never met a stranger. She was just like one of the girls no matter what her age may be. She loved joking around to make people 😂. She would always give you a hug and would treat you as if you were her child. I always loved her . She will be sadly missed and is heavens gain. Condolences to the family.

Tracey (Rehder) Jenkins

October 19, 2019

Trula was my favorite Sunday School teacher at Fieldale UMC. She always had a hug, and a smile that lit up the room. I will miss her very much but I know she is at peace, smiling and hugging everyone in heaven.

Carol Lopez

October 18, 2019

I was so sad to hear of Trula’s passing. She watch 7 Nelson children grow up as we lived next door to her. She was so sweet and kind to us.. All my thoughts and prayers going out to Martha and Ralph, and her love ones.

Barbara Duffy

October 18, 2019

Dear family of Trula,
I am so sorry for your loss.
She was a very special person. I worked with her at DuPont and she was always happy and laughing. I don’t think she ever met a stranger.
I am sure she is now laughing with the angels.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Barbara Duffy

Patricia Hite

October 18, 2019

You touch my life the day you came to work at Physical Therapy and we had so much fun thru the years. There will be only one Trula, I was so blessed to know you.

Libby Swinney

October 17, 2019

Always a smile and a giggle for us! Missing that sweet smile already!! We love and will miss you . 💜💜

Linda & Mike Pugh

October 17, 2019

Granny Trula, we already miss you and will always love you dearly.
Such happy memories.