It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Helen on November 21, 2013 in Armstrong, B.C. Helena Enns was born in Warman, SK, on December 24, 1926. The family moved to a homestead in Carrot River, SK when she was a young girl. She left home as a young woman and headed for the Okanagan, where she picked fruit and worked several different jobs. She was a fiercely independent woman, and did not settle down to have a family until she was in her late 20’s. She and Clarence raised their children in Prince George, BC, moved to Nipawin, SK in 1975 where they farmed until 1988. They retired to Vernon, and then settled in Armstrong in 1992.
Helen was multi talented; she could cook, sew, and clean- but she also was an appliance repairman, carpenter, farm hand, and vet. She could do minor mechanical repairs and often assisted her husband, Clarence, in the machine shop. She could drive almost anything (including a school bus) and wasn’t ever afraid to try. She even learned to weld in her 50’s. There was very little she couldn’t do. After Clarence passed away in 1997 she still worked as a companion/caregiver for several years.
Helen was proud of her children and did all she could for them- and she LOVED her grandchildren. She did many things with them and was an active participant in their lives as long as she was able. They will have many fond memories of time spent with Grandma.
Helen will be lovingly remembered by her sons: Bob (Adele) of Vernon, Dave of Winnipeg, MB; daughters: Shelley (Daren) of Salmon Arm, and Cheryl (Brad) Rice of Armstrong; grandchildren: Jason, Stephanie, Brandi, Crystal, Jordan Josh; 3 Step daughters: Sybil, Ann, Clara; brothers: Bill, Corny, John; sisters: Suzie, Marge, Kathy, Betty; as well as many extended family and friends.
A funeral service for Helen was held at 11:30 am on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (3335 Patterson Street, Armstrong) with prayers recited at 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.myalternatives.ca
Funeral arrangements entrusted to
ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES®
Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866