Helen (nee Mills) passed away on the morning of July 5, 2010 with her beloved daughter, Theresa, by her side. Helen was predeceased by her beloved husband Jack, in 2004 and by her seven siblings. She is survived by her loving family: daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Chris Crosgrey of Hope, B.C.; stepdaughter, Catherine (Marv) Edwards of Fort Erie, Ontario and their five children and five grandchildren; stepson, Greg (Darlene) Duggan of St. Catharines, Ontario and his two children and four grandchildren; niece and goddaughter, Joanne Hicks of Calgary, Alberta; niece, Lorraine (Ron) Slater of Calgary, Alberta and their three children; nephew and godson, Richard Mills and his family, and several other nieces and nephews. She will be lovingly
remembered by dear friends, fellow parishioners, and neighbours, especially Elsie McAdam, Sylvia Hutchins (her Sunday afternoon card playing pals), Lynn Ortis, and Rita Burnier.
Helen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 8, 1919 and moved to Toronto, Ontario upon her marriage in 1954. She was a doting “stay at home mom” until Theresa entered high school, at which time she began a career with Pitney-Bowes of Canada where she worked until her retirement at the age of 65. She and Jack moved to Hope in December of 1999. Prayers were held on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. A Mass of the Resurrection was said at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church on July 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with Fathers Peter Altamirano and David Hughes as Concelebrants. A reception provided by the Catholic Women’s Auxiliary followed in the church hall. Burial will be at
St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Schomberg, Ontario on July 22, 2010. The family would like to thank Dr. Suzanne Christie for all her years of care and support and “Sweet Jenna”, Barb, Yvonne, Michelle, Tracy, and all of the nursing staff at Fraser Canyon Hospital who took such wonderful care of mom during her final weeks.Helen’s Catholic faith was central throughout her entire life, and of late she had been yearning to see the face of God. We have complete trust that He has welcomed her home and warmly embraced her to Himself.