Helene Blanche Jansen (nee Gaumond)

Craig Neil Jansen

Helene was born in Shell River Saskatchewan and spent most of her life in Maple Ridge and Salmon Arm. She passed away peacefully in Salmon Arm.

She was predeceased by her husband Herb Jansen and her daughter Eveangeline Donnelly. She is survived by her daughters Muriel Cue (Tony) and Sue Ackerman. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael, Benjamin, Elaine, Brian, Danielle, Amelia and great-grandchildren, Rio, Sage and Jack.

Helene was an RN in Alberta and B.C. for over 40 years. Due to her determination, she upgraded in her late 50’s to earn her Bachelor of Nursing degree. As a result she held a position as a public health nurse in Mackenzie for 5 years.

Helene loved nature and the outdoors, showing her passion though gardening, camping and hiking.

She also had a great love of music attending concerts and playing the violin herself. In her retirement years she had time to devote to quilting, making dozens of quilts for friends and family. She also had time to travel and volunteer in the community.

Throughout her life, Helene showed that she was a very determined person who valued education and her faith. She had a full life rich with varied experiences, she is much loved and will be missed.

We would like to thank the community care aides, who looked after her in her own home and the kind and compassionate staff at Bastion Place. We would also like to thank Dr McCallum for his care and concern.

A prayer vigil will take place January 8, 2015 at 8 pm. The funeral Mass will be January 9th at 11:00 am. Both services will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salmon Arm.

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