March 21, 1910 – May 20, 2015

Helene passed away peacefully in her home after a long and amazing life of 105 years. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her 8 surviving children Marion Woods, Jim, Joan Davidson, Sheila, Allen, Norine Badertscher, Shirley Pretty, Sharon and their families. She was predeceased by husband Jim (the Rawleigh man), daughters Eleanor and Carolynn. Grandma had 19 grandkids, 24 great grandkids and 6 great, great grandkids.

Helene lived in the Vernon area since 1947. First in Coldstream and then moved into Vernon in the fall of 1950. She was always very active in the community selling hockey programs at the civic arena, selling her famous baked goods at the fall fairs, supporting the Women’s Institute as a life member, and working at the Canadian Mental Health thrift store for 40 years. She served her community well.   

The family wishes to Thank Dr. Murphy, the WE Care ladies and Interior Health team 3 for all the kind and loving support they have shown Mother over the past several years! Bouquets to you all! A very special bouquet goes to mom’s amazing companion of the last almost 6 years – Celia, giving mom the opportunity to stay in her own home.

A memorial tea will be held at the Coldstream WI Hall on Kalamalka Lake Road, on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm. Please bring your memories to share at the open mic to celebrate Helene’s life.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to BC Children`s Hospital or charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 0155. Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com

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