Helen passed away peacefully in Shuswap Lake General Hospital
following a short illness. Helen grew up in Calgary, married
Henry Ecklund in 1938, and moved to the Ecklund farm west of
Wetaskiwin, Alberta. After several lean years, Helen and “Hank”
became successful farmers, and were active and popular in their
community. Following their retirement in 1974, they moved to
an acreage near Mara. Unfortunately, Hank’s retirement soon
ended. His health failed quickly and he died in 1975.
It was not long before Helen decided to move into an apartment
in Enderby. She became active in the Enderby Senior’s Complex
and continued to enjoy her weekly cribbage games, and
Wednesday lunches until a short time ago. She was also a
“volunteer phoner” for The Complex.
It was at The Complex that she met her future husband, Jim
Eadie, a retired Greyhound bus driver, who was well known and
respected up and down “The Valley”. They were married in 1984
and enjoyed trips and good times until Jim succumbed to a heart
attack at a dance at The Complex just over a year later. Helen
remained in their home on Regent Street for several years before
selling and moving into Pioneer Lodge.
In all her homes, guests were assured of warm hospitality and
fi ne food. They were also surrounded by beautiful examples of
Helen’s skills and artistry in needle arts. She was still producing
heirloom tatting in her fi nal months.
Helen is survived by treasured friends in the Enderby area who
were always ready to provide her with support and affection.
They were truly family in Helen’s heart. She is also survived by her
sister-in-law, Barbara Weir of Seattle, her niece, Marie Rollans, of
Edmonton, and her nephew, Shane Rollans of Kamloops. They
have always been on call for Helen and visited often.
Helen was also loved and admired by a host of other relatives
and friends. As well as her husbands, Hank and Jim, Helen was
also predeceased by her only sibling, Larry Weir.
A memorial service will be held in St. Andrews United Church in
Enderby on Saturday, April 30th at 3:00 p.m. Helen’s dear friend,
Reverend Ken Jones, will offi ciate.
Email condolences can be sent to
Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and
Crematorium, Salmon Arm, BC.