Helen Maria Eriksson

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Psalm 31:5 “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD GOD of truth”
After a long, well-lived life centered on faith, service and family, Helen passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre. She had been suffering from dementia. Born in Hughenden, AB, Helen was predeceased by her parents Rev. Axel E. Eriksson and Minnie (Strandberg) along with her brothers and their wives: Arthur (Herminie), Herbert (Grace), Vernon (Meryl), Harold (Peggy), Paul and her sister Ruth and her husbands (Lloyd Williams and Lloyd Johnson). She leaves behind many, beloved nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and her brother Paul’s wife, Gay Eriksson. She was greatly loved by all who knew her and will be missed. Her constant smile shone like a beacon. Her family thanks her caregivers for their compassionate care.
Helen wished to share the following which she wrote several years ago: Daily prayer and reading of scripture were a part of family life long before my birth, God’s patience and faithfulness has been evident throughout my life. I was baptized at Czar, AB, in May 1918 and confirmed in Moose Jaw, SK in 1930. I started school in Leeville, SK, continued at Ross School in Moose Jaw and attended grade 8 in Lyseng School north of Camrose, AB. For high school I attended classes in Kingman, AB, Hay Lakes, AB and Westmount in Edmonton finishing high school at Camrose Lutheran College. After working in 3 homes as a maid, I sensed a call to become a Lutheran Deaconess and spent 18 years connected with Immanuel Deaconess Institute in Omaha, NE. During that time, I studied at Luther College, Wahoo, NE, at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (B.A.) and at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE where I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work. Much of my life was spent working with children in Sunday Schools, Weekday Bible Schools, Church Camps, in daycare and in foster care and with adoption placements. I also worked in the children’s home at Immanuel Deaconess Institute in Omaha, NE. For 7 years I travelled for the Augustana Lutheran Church in both Canada and the U.S.A. doing community studies and surveys for the establishment of new congregations, I also taught and carried out evangelism training and did short term parish work. The last 18 years of my working life was spent with the City of Edmonton Family Service Bureau and Social Services working mostly with families and children. I enjoyed my retirement, being active in the church community, the women’s auxiliaries, working on my family tree, reading, making crocheted blankets, doing some travelling and being available to lend a hand wherever needed. God’s grace and mercy have been evident throughout my life as He has provided for every need of mine. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, I expect to spend eternity in His loving presence in Heaven, to His glory and for my good. Glory be to Jesus.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10759 – 96 Street, Edmonton at 11 am.

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10759 96 Street Edmonton AB CA

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