Helen Marie Denning, age 90, died peacefully at Rainbow Gardens in Port Alberni on Nov. 9, 2014. Helen is survived by her children George (Donna) of Prince Rupert, Beverly (Jack McLeman) of Port Alberni, Fred (Nora) of Nanaimo, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband John in 1992.
Helen was born in Prince Rupert to Estonian immigrants and was always very proud of her Estonian heritage. Helen worked for many years at Celco, then Kaien, then Prince Rupert Fishermen’s Credit Union and was active in the Order of the Eastern Star. Helen and John were active members of St. Peter’s and then St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and Helen was church organist for many years. After more than 50 years in Rupert, John and Helen retired to Green Lake near 70 Mile House, B.C., where they were involved members of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church and enjoyed horseback riding, cross country skiing and other outdoor activities. In 2009, just before her 85th birthday, Helen moved to Rainbow Gardens Assisted Living in Port Alberni where she lived the remainder of her life. Thanks to the Rainbow Gardens staff who provided such loving and tender care to Helen.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 4766 Angus Street, Port Alberni on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m. Tea to follow in the church hall. Remains will be interred at 100 Mile House Municipal Cemetery at a later date.
Stories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.yatesfuneral.ca.