November 23, 1936 – August 16, 2020
On August 16, 2020, heaven received another angel. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my mother Helen Ella Porter at the age of 83.
Her unique kindness, complete selflessness; incredible strength and compassion amazed me! Qualities appreciated by all who had the pleasure of meeting her. Whether she knew you for five minutes or 50 years, her profound impact remained with you!
Always positive and generous. She loved people! This was evident in her various jobs from waitressing and shoe sales to working at Intercontinental Packers in Saskatoon, Mainline Co-op and Pioneer Lodge in Salmon Arm.
Such an example of this was a memory shared by a friend and co-worker. “I worked with Helen at Mainline Coop she was loved by all our customers; she was always smiling and happy. Helen knew sign language and used it to help some of our deaf customers. Their hands just a going and laughing it was great to watch them.” Johanna Coates
“Helen was one of the most thoughtful and kind persons I know. Her door was always open.” Jackie Bodie
Helen was born November 23, 1936 on a farm near Stenan, Sask. She was the youngest of nine children raised with love and guidance by her Ukrainian immigrant parents.
Learning from example and including her innate hard work, is how she approached life.
One of my favourite memories shared by my mother when she was a young child continues to make me smile. This particular day after milking the cows her father decided to show Helen how to make ice cream. Eagerly awaiting with big-eyes and appetite for this grand treat she guarded over the ice cream. However, she was called for dinner. After dinner she raced back but to her dismay the ice cream pail was completely empty. Innocently she entrusted their dog to protect the ice cream. Needless to say, that was never the case again. Ice cream was always one of her favourite treats and she always had it readily available to share with all her grandchildren. She loved to cook and was exceptional at it! If not directly invited to our home for dinner the town of Salmon Arm savoured her solely and individually homemade perogies made for Salmon Arm’s Smitty’s weekly buffets.
As a young adult she moved to Saskatoon to work. Eventually moving to Calgary where she met my father, Grant Porter her husband of 42 years until his passing in 2005. They had three children: Michelle the oldest, Coleman the youngest, and myself Leean in the middle.
In 1973, our family moved to Salmon Arm. With such surrounding beauty it was easy to see why my mom would never call any other place home!
I would like to encourage you all to pay it forward – as she always did! Do a good deed! “A random act of kindness” In memory of Helen Ella Porter
Online condolences may be sent to Helen’s family through her obituary at fischersfuneralservices.com porter-ella-helen
Share condolences and memories of Helen through her obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com
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