It is with great sadness that we announce our beloved Helen’s passing at her home in Burns Lake.
Helen was the youngest of 3 children born to Louie and Ivy Nelson of Forestdale, BC. She was raised on the farm and along with her sister Vera & brother Ralph, she went to school in Forestdale and Rose Lake. She worked at the New Omineca Café in Burns Lake and Goodacres Grocery Store in Smithers.
It was there that she met and married her beloved Henry on July 6, 1949. They spent their years working, going to dances, camping, fishing and socializing with their many friends and family.
Although Helen had no children of her own, her door was always open and she was ‘mom’ to all. For several years, she cared for her niece Sherylee during her mother’s illness. Helen was predeceased by her husband Henry in Dec 1978.
For many years she and her companion Ross Goodwin shared their life with family in Burns Lake and Sorrento. Happy family memories were created at their cabin on Babine Lake. After Ross passed away she moved to Heritage Manor where she spent her last years.
She enjoyed much of her time there with her very dear friend, her late sister-in-law Pat. She was however, a friend to everyone there and kept a watchful eye on anybody that might need help. She was always up to going for coffee or enjoying a happy hour. Helen will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
She leaves to mourn her sister Vera (Gunner) Neilson, nieces Diane (Ernie) Killman, Lynne (Brian) Olenik, Geraldine Craven, Sherylee Millar, Wendy Byrnes, Linda Orr, Lisa Saffarek-Dalmonte, nephews Roy, Peter, Jim, Kim, Terry and Greg Anderson, Ken and Kurt Saffarek, brother in-laws Roy (Shirley) Anderson, Tat Aida, Horst Saffarek, as well as her extended family, stepdaughter Karen Angal, stepsister-in-law Nancy Goodwin, and all their families.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband Henry Anderson, brother Ralph Nelson, sister in-law Pat Nelson, nephew Stanley Nelson, companion Ross Goodwin and stepson Arnie Goodwin.
Grace Memorial Funeral Home in charge of cremation. As per Helen’s wishes there will be no funeral service. An informal tea will be held from 1:00 to 3:00pm on October 19th at Heritage Manor in Burns Lake.