Helen N. Saleeby, formerly of Florence and Dillon,
SC, died on January 3. Born in Monroe, NC on December 12, 1917, she
was the daughter of the late Najeeb and Nazira Saleeby and the
sister of the late David N. Saleeby of Florence, Edmond Saleeby of
Dillon, SC, Alex Saleeby of Charlotte, NC and Eva Saleeby of Monroe,
NC. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1935 and received
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Duke University,
where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. Saleeby devoted herself to teaching and guiding
students of all ages. She organized and then served as Executive
Director of the Girl Scouts Council of the Pee Dee for 10 years, and
led the development of what is now Camp Sandy Ridge. She then served
as a counselor at Duke and went on to teach English at Myers Park
High School in Charlotte, NC until her retirement in 1983. She was a
world traveler and tour guide. In 2009 she was honored as a Woman of
Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Carolina. Ms. Saleeby was
a member of the Episcopal Church.
Surviving are two nephews, John (Suzanne) Saleeby of
Columbia, SC and David Saleeby of Florence, great nieces Emily
Saleeby and Lauren (Keith) Barron and her children, and great nephew
Tim Saleeby. “Aunt Helen” loved her family dearly and took deep
pride in her Lebanese Christian heritage.
A graveside service will be conducted at Suncrest
Cemetary in Monroe, NC at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 6.
Memorials may be made to the Lebanon Children's Ministry in care of
Kids Alive International, at 2507 Cumberland Drive, Valparaiso, IN
The family would like to give special thanks to
the staff of Atria Forest Lake Assisted Living and
Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia for their excellent
care for Ms. Saleeby.