Helen was born on June 22, 1920, at Lakeview, Oregon, USA, and passed away peacefully on February 22, 2012, at Hardy View Lodge at Grand Forks, B.C., at the age of 91.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter; her daughter, Dolores (Babs); parents, Joseph and Mary; and her sisters: Bobbie, Harriett and Isobel.

She is loving survived by her sons: Walter (Joan) of Grand Forks and Bruce (Eileen) of Kamloops; daughter, Cay (Norm, husband of Creston); seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sisters: Dodie Fayette and Mary and Jim Skeen; brother, Herb; and many nephews and nieces.

Helen was an employee for 23 years of Keremeos Packing House. She was of the order of the Royal Purple at Keremeos for 30 plus years and loved knitting and crocheting.

A celebration of Helen’s life will be held on March 4, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Auxiliary Cottage in Hardy View Lodge, Grand Forks. A special thank you to the doctors and staff at Hardy View Lodge who so kindly cared for our mom. Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the Grand Forks Hospital Auxiliary. Service arrangements are in trusted to Grand Forks Funeral Home.

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