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In Memory of

Helen S M Blackwood

October 2, 1930 - February 7, 2012

Obituary


Helen (Lenny) Stokes Morris Blackwood died peacefully February 7, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born October 2, 1930 in Chester County, PA the fifth daughter of Sydney S. Morris and Helen S. (Doughton) Morris. Lenny attended Agnes Irwin School and Carleton College before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. In 1957, she married Matthew (Tim) T. Blackwood and moved to Richmond in 1969. She earned an MA in urban planning from VCU in 1986. She was active in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond for 43 years.
Lenny believed...

Helen (Lenny) Stokes Morris Blackwood died peacefully February 7, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born October 2, 1930 in Chester County, PA the fifth daughter of Sydney S. Morris and Helen S. (Doughton) Morris. Lenny attended Agnes Irwin School and Carleton College before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. In 1957, she married Matthew (Tim) T. Blackwood and moved to Richmond in 1969. She earned an MA in urban planning from VCU in 1986. She was active in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond for 43 years.
Lenny believed strongly in our duty to better the world around us, especially our relation to the natural world. She served on many committees for planning and conservation issues. She loved gardening, volunteering over 1300 hours at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. She loved outdoor activities and music, regularly attending classical concerts and singing in her church choir. One of Lenny's greatest visions was assurance of the preservation of green space. She was instrumental in convincing Henrico County to create Deep Run Park. When she and Tim sold their property, Cedarfield, they negotiated significant green space in the development of the Hermitage at Cedarfield, a retirement community. Lenny spent the last years of her life under the loving care of Mary Tinsley and Cedarfield's wonderful staff.
She is survived by her four children, Eileen and her spouse Lynn Goyette, Laurie and her partner Kris Roy, Terry and his wife Maureen, Temple and his wife Deb Sampson, and five grandchildren, Conor, Mallory, and Emma Blackwood, Arthur Minnerly, and Eleanor Sampson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A reception will be held at Cedarfield, 2300 Cedarfield Pkwy, Richmond, on Friday, February 10, from 2 to 4 pm. A memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Richmond, 1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond, on Saturday, February 25, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in memory of Lenny to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Arrangements under the direction of Woody Funeral Home-Parham, Richmond, VA.