Helen May Macklin was born June 27, 1926 in Brunswick County Virginia to the late Isaac Mace Macklin and Gracie Macklin.
She was the youngest out of five children; three sisters, Laura, Rosalee, Sue and one Brother Robert. They were all known as the Macklin children. Later she would meet the love of her life, Ulysses Jones, becoming Mrs. Jones. They had their first child, Lucy Marie, and moved to Philadelphia where she gave birth to her second child Alvin.
During her early years in Philadelphia she took a job as a factory worker to support her family alongside her Husband.
Helen loved her family with all her heart! She decided to help her cousin by adopting one of her children whom became her third child.
Helen later decided that she had a passion for beautifying young women’s hair which led to her chosen path in becoming an outgoing beautician graduating from Skipmore Beauty School where she obtained her certified license. She worked in various shops, made house-calls and did work out of her basement. In her endeavors she decided to work for the Philadelphia Public School System as head cook in many schools until retirement.
Helen was a woman who was always eager to keep a job. She took on night time jobs working for Arthur Jackson Cleaning Company in Center City in which she also retired. Helen couldn’t give up working so she applied to work at Ivy Leaf School as a cook and assisting teachers with their students. She finally decided this was the last job she would work.
She loved her family, she traveled, and she enjoyed taking cruises wearing fine clothing. Overall, her 1st and true passion was her Love for the Lord! She strongly believed in praying until her last breath saying “Amen” to God!
Helen May Macklin will always be known as “Mama”, “Mama Helen”, and “Grandmother”.
We will miss her good cooking and discipline with Love.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her adopted daughter Hattie Staten-Coleman, two grandsons Raymon Johnson and Ronald Johnson. Great grandsons; Ronald and Michael grand-daughters; Jasmine, Joshlyn, Tara, Corey, Syreeta and April. A host of great-great grandchildren, one son in law; Roscoe Coleman, nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends that were considered her family and whom she loved dearly.
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