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Longtime Wake County Court Clerk Passes Away

Posted April 22, 2008

— A longtime clerk for the Wake County court system died Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Helen Sewell, 65, retired in 2005 after 25 years as the jury clerk.

"Helen served as the jury clerk in some of Wake County's most difficult and heinous cases," Chief Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens said in a statement. "In spite of the great suffering and tragedy in many of those trials, Helen's inspirational personality was a constant reminder that we should never lose sight of our own humanity."

Those who knew Sewell said anyone who served as a Wake County juror prior to her retirement would remember her great laugh and quick wit and humor.

When she retired in January 2005, then-North Carolina Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake called her "the court system's goodwill ambassador" who "helped instill in thousands of jurors a strong faith and confidence in the integrity and fairness of our courts and a pride in their participation in the jury process."

A visitation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church on Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh.


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  • TheAdmiral Apr 23, 2008

    Don't know who she was - but sorry to see her go.

  • Polly Apr 23, 2008

    Helen was a wonderful woman. She will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her sons.

  • angora2 Apr 22, 2008

    I didn't know she served in this position until I reported for jury duty and saw her. To me, she was just a sweet, caring woman who went to Christ Church. We will all miss her. She fought this cancer very hard.

  • outside_of_apex Apr 22, 2008

    I too was very sorry to read this. I was `lucky' enough to have served on 3 juries. The last time I felt she would remember me but she had just retired.

    I'm glad WRAL got a quote from Judge Stephens, he is the one shining light of justice in this county.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Apr 22, 2008

    I agree clintoflannagan. I remembered talking to her when I had to serve for jury duty. She was professional and very courteous.

  • clintoflannagan Apr 22, 2008

    Sorry to hear about this. She was a great lady and provided wonderful service to the people of this County for a long time. Thoughts and prayers to her family.