Helen Colston

Helen Jean Colston

Saturday, January 5th, 1929 - Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
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On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Helen Jean Colston made her transition to her new life in Eternity. It was also her 92nd birthday. A beloved matriarch, Helen entered this earthly life as the baby of her siblings.

Born on January 5, 1929 in Middletown, PA, “Helen Jean,” as she was called by her mother, was the daughter of the late Fred Colston and Ezola Carter Colston. A part of the historic Great Migration in America, the Colston family had relocated from Siler City, NC to Middletown, PA in the 1920s.

Helen was formally educated in the Middletown public school system. After exploring various vocational opportunities, she became employed by Chloë Textile Industries from which she also retired. At Chloë, Helen became an inspector of fine textiles. Her keen eye and professionalism oversaw the approval of materials to be sent to sartorial manufacturers, including the high fashion houses of New York City.

Helen went where her spirit told her. She was born and raised in the First Zion Baptist Church of Middletown, PA and later fellowshipped at various houses of worship. Helen was also a member of the Middletown, PA Elks Lodge. In furtherance of her belief in service, she was a donor and supporter of the not-for-profit organizations Feed the Children and The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews for decades.

“Jeanie,” as many of her friends called her, was a very down-to-earth woman who walked with the Lord. She loved to dress, read her bible, take car rides with her daughter, and spend time with family and friends. The love she gave was seemingly more than her 5-foot stature could contain.

Helen exemplified style, grace, and commitment to her faith. Every day, at 12 noon, she entered into prayer – as did her sister, Virginia Payne, before her. At any time of the day, you may have encountered Helen at Hardee’s restaurant in Middletown, reading her bible, and drinking a cup of coffee.

Her smile was sheer love. Helen served as an example and inspiration for many, and will never be forgotten. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her 10 siblings: Dorothy McCurdy, William “Willie” Colston, Harvey Colston, Void Colston, Roosevelt “Rosie” Colston, Irene Colston, Goldie Colston, Ada Fields, Virginia Payne, and Mary Washington; and eldest son, Phillip B. Bennett, Jr. Survivors include her loving children: Glen E. Bennett, Sr. (wife – Teresa Bennett), Doreen A. Sawyers, and Troy P. Bennett (wife – Michelle Bennett).

In addition, Helen leaves 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends to cherish her memory.

“Taking one day at a time.”

- Helen Jean Colston
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, January 15th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
    260 E. Main St.
    Middletown, PA 17057
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  • Service

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 15th, 2021 11:00am
    Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
    260 E. Main St.
    Middletown, PA 17057
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 |
    Friday, January 15th, 2021
    East Middletown Cemetery
    189 Iron Mine Rd.
    Middletown, PA 17057
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Janice Wollaston

Posted at 01:17am
My deepest sympathy... Doreen, Glen and Troy. To all who loved and had the honor to be loved by Ms. Colston.

Sincerely, Janice

Jim Fultz

Posted at 08:14am
Rest in peace beautiful young lady.

Michele Brookins

Posted at 02:00pm
To my Colston Family
I am deeply saddened on the loss of my grandmother Ada E Fields sister. Aunt Jean will be missed.
I will miss her bible verses she always would share and the beautiful and funny stories she would share
whether it be about her sister (my beloved grandma) or my mom. Love you Aunt Jean, say hi to everyone.

Doreen Sawyers

Posted at 07:39am
Mom, I love you and will miss you always. I send these flowers knowing your at peace. Rejoice, dance, sing and enjoy your family in a new light.
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