Helen Elizabeth Ashmore (nee Paulsen) passed away, age 75, from cancer at home in Edmonton on October 16, 2021 with her family at her bedside.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughters: Dana Farnell (Leland Corbett) and Jennifer Pretty (Greg); her grandchildren: Morgan, Dylan, and Darian Corbett, Luke and Tessa Pretty. She also leaves to mourn her two brothers: Bill Paulsen (Inger) and Jack Paulsen; her sister Barbara North (Alan); two nieces: Robin Sundal (Noel Zinger), Michelle Natusch (Oluf) and her nephew Michael Paulsen (Isabelle). Helen also leaves behind dear friends both in Edmonton and on Bowen Island.
Helen was predeceased by her parents: Soren and Dora Paulsen; her sister-in-law Diane Paulsen and her beloved son Jacob Ashmore.
Helen lived for many of her adult years in Edmonton where she worked as a community psychiatric nurse. In her retirement, Helen moved to Bowen Island where she made many friends and was active in the community. For example, she enjoyed her years of volunteer service at Bowen’s thrift store, affectionately known as the Nook. She spent many winters in Cuba where she developed a community of friends whom she loved like family and enjoyed being generous with them. Helen travelled extensively. She sang in several choirs and played the piano. Three years ago, to her joy, Helen was received into the Roman Catholic Church.
A prayer service will be held for Helen, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park on October 29, 2021 at 3:30 pm. The service will be live-streamed at https://www.olph.ca/video/. Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Covid protocols are in effect for the service. Masks must be worn, and social distancing is expected.
Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel