Helen Deis (nee Dresser)
Helen was born in Scott, SK on June 20, 1930. She passed away Easter Sunday evening, April 24, 2011 at the North Okanagan Hospice House in Vernon.
Helen was predeceased by her husband George, to whom she was married for 53 years, grandson Jeremiah Mitchell, sisters Kay Wing, Marie Schweitzer and brothers Gus, Tom and Frank Dresser.
She is survived by her son Gerald (Maureen) Deis, daughters Darlene (Terry) Dawe and Tammy Mitchell, grandchildren Melody (Mark) Boutet, Jessica (Steve) Boutet, and Melissa (Kevin) Joy and great grandson Theo Joy. She is also survived by sisters Ann Sander, Margaret Flahr and Barbara Fawell, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. She was devoted to her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.
Helen and George met in Kelowna in 1949, married in 1950 and later moved to Lumby in 1959. Helen worked at the Lumby Bowling Alley for many years and was well known as an Avon representative in the area. After George passed, she continued their Saturday supper tradition at the Pagoda Inn. She loved to play games (bingo, cards and especially marbles), was passionate about bargain hunting and antique collecting, and was known as something of a terror on the garage sale circuit. She was well known for her green thumb and for looking out for her many “adopted” kids and grandkids over the years.
Never known to sit still for very long, Helen had a very active social life and a strong sense of community pride and spirit. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League, OAP and the Legion and loved to participate in community events in both Lumby and Cherryville. Helen helped to found the Lumby Youth Center in the 1970’s. She was a firm supporter of local business, voting and keeping Whitevale Elementary School open. She sincerely believed that more services and care programs are needed to better support and take care of our seniors.
The Memorial Mass is to be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11am at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lumby, BC (2133 Gencaird Street); luncheon to follow at the Whitevalley Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society or to the Cancer Society in memory of Helen. Arrangements entrusted to the Vernon Funeral Home; luncheon donated by the OAP.
Special thanks to the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the NOHS for taking such good care of Helen and keeping her comfortable during her last days. We miss you Grandma.