Helen Popoff

July 6, 1932 – January 2, 2023
In loving mem ory ~
Helen Popoff passed away on January 2, 2023, at Ivy House (Silver Kettle).
Helen was born in Grand Forks, B.C., on July 6, 1932, to parents John and Nastia Gritchen, the third of four children. She received her schooling at Fructova School.
December 9, 1951, Helen was united in marriage to Gordon Popoff. They moved to Salmo, B.C., shortly after their wedding where Gordon began working in the mine. During their time in Salmo, they were blessed with two sons, Leon and John. After employment brought them back to Grand Forks in 1968, Helen began working for the School District as a custodian. Gordon and Helen sang in many choirs throughout their years. Together they enjoyed travelling, which took them to many parts of British Columbia, Alberta, the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Australia.
Among Helen’s many passions were gardening, cooking, and sewing. She loved to cook and was very hospitable in providing plenty of food for her family and friends. Her bountiful garden and many flowering plants always made her happy. Helen was a very good seamstress and was constantly mending, sewing new clothes, or creating toys and blankets for her grandchildren. Together with her husband, Gordon, she loved going camping, curling, and skiing.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, John and Nastia Gritchen, her brother Nick Gritchen, her sister Tina Sookarookoff, and her sister Marcia Elasoff. She is survived by her children, Leon (Carmie) Popoff, Edmonton, AB, and John (Daphne) Popoff, Grand Forks, B.C., two grandchildren, Evan (Ayesha) Popoff, Toronto, ON, and Alia (Kyle) Popoff, North Vancouver, B.C. along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen will remain in our hearts forever and will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. We wish our beloved mother and grandmother eternal joy in God’s Heavenly Kingdom. May she rest in peace.
A private family prayer service was held at Helen’s request at the Grand Forks Funeral Home with an interment in the Sion Cemetery on January 6, 2023.
We would also like to thank home support, Boundary Hospital and especially Ivy House staff for the great care and kindness they provided; Judy Foster for her wonderful support and friendship; Grand Forks Funeral Home for all of their help and guidance; the USCC Kootenay Men’s Group for providing the casket; the gravediggers for preparing her final resting place; and a special thank you to the Sion Cemetery and Omega Restaurant staff for the wonderful lunch!
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