OBITUARY

Helen Loretta Rodriguez

August 16, 1943January 3, 2019
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Helen Loretta Rodriguez, 75, of Atlantic Beach, passed away January 3, 2019, at Baptist Beaches Hospital with her family by her side. She was born to the late Major and Roxie Melton, on August 16, 1943 in Monroe, NC.

Helen married the love of her life, Constantino (Dino) Rodriguez, in 1972. As a military couple they lived in Maryland, California, South Carolina, Guam, Hawaii, and Virginia before finally settling down in Atlantic Beach, FL. Helen is survived by her husband, Dino Rodriguez, and seven children: John Rodriguez (Becky Rodriguez), Francesca Rodriguez, Rodney Stegall, Robin Bellavance (Jim Bellavance), Diann Stegall, Lisa Stegall, and Chris Stegall; and her sister, Kay Lemmonds. Helen is also survived by 9 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Major and Roxie Melton; her brother, Major (Bubba) Melton Jr.; and her sisters, Joyce Ghant, Mary Lou McGuirt, Sylvia Taylor, Rachel Reyes, and Sandra Cox.

Helen was a loving wife and she and Dino set an example of what true love looks like, sharing tender moments of fun and affection up until her final moments. She was a caring, proud mother and she thought the world revolved around her grandchildren. Helen was a devout Christian who adored the Lord and relied heavily on her faith. Helen leaves behind beautiful memories of her contagious laugh, her funny antics, and her sense of adventure. In her younger years she enjoyed the company of friends and family, always up for a good time. She enjoyed tapping into her artistic side by painting ceramics, crocheting, and needle pointing. In her later years she spent her days worshiping Jesus, shopping, and spoiling her grandchildren.

Family and friends will celebrate the life of Helen on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. A visitation/viewing ceremony will take place at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home from 12:30 pm- 2:00 pm; the funeral will take place at 2:00 pm, followed by the burial at 3:00 pm. HARDAGE-GIDDENS CHAPEL HILLS, 850 Saint Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32225, is serving the family.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, January 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Helen Loretta Rodriguez

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Melody Adames

January 8, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

Chris Stegall

January 7, 2019

Kathy May

January 7, 2019

Chris,
May loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength today and always. You and your family are in my prayers.

Demetrious Robinson

January 7, 2019

Chris my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of loss.

Tami Fossum

January 7, 2019

We are sorry for your loss, in my time of grief I always reflect on an Eskimo proverb, continued prayers for you all:

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather opening in heaven where the love of our lost one pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."

Tami Fossum

Lisa Poore

January 7, 2019

Chris, so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Poore

LauriAnn Whack

January 7, 2019

Chris and family, I pray that the Lord will comfort each one of you during this time of bereavement.
Lean all your cares on Him who will carry you through this season.
God Bless you all. LauriAnn Whack

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