November 14, 1926 – October 7, 2015
Helen passed peacefully on October 7 after a year-long fight with cancer. She was in good spirits and was active until the very end.
Born Helen Patricia Wolfer in Wetaskawin Alberta, to Ella and John , she was the second of three children. She was predeceased by her daughter Jennifer, brother Robert, granddaughter Chelsea and her husband of 64 years, John (Jack). She leaves behind her brother Everett, five children, Jacqueline of Madeira Park, Jeri (Harry) of Calgary, Jocelyn of Madeira Park and the twins John (Lynn) of Port Coquitlam, and Jake (Rita) of Edmonton, along with 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A long-time resident of Fernie, she and Jack moved to Calgary for a short time before retiring on the property in Madeira Park.
Helen was an inspired cook. Her kitchen was the hub of the home, open to everyone and full of laughter and tantalizing aromas. She had a green thumb and worked tirelessly turning her home in Madeira Park into the spectacular garden property it is today.
Together Helen and Jack built a cottage at Tie Lake, the Junction Dairy Bar at the corner of Highway 93 and 3, worked with the group that started up Fernie Snow Valley Ski Hill and in their retirement, were part of the team that built the Pender Harbour Golf Course (just so she wouldn’t have to drive so far!).
Helen loved bridge and made many life-long friends through cards. Her favourite days were when she golfed in the morning and played cards through the afternoon.
Helen was an artist, who tried her hand at many mediums, samples of which are distributed throughout the family home. She was an explorer and loved “road-trips”, travelling across the continent and south through Mexico.
She inspired those around her to work hard, play hard and think independently.
A Celebration of Life will be held in July.
She will be very dearly missed