Hélène, 70 has entered the presence and grace of our Lord to be forever missed by her surviving Family and Friends.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Hélène’s essential character traits of unconditional kindness and care were an endowment bestowed by her adoring and loving mom Madeleine Racine, whom along with her Husband Fred have pre-deceased her.
Hélène is survived by her sons Keith (Wendy) and Jason (Jennifer); grandchildren Erik, Ava and Carson, as well as her cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Hélène married her husband, Fred, in Ottawa and were married for 45 years. In her early years, she began her career in administration with the Government of Ottawa, then after a few years she and Fred moved to Calgary where they raised their family. Hélène enjoyed a long career with the Calgary Catholic School Board until she closed that chapter and began a new one referred to as retirement.
For those who have known Hélène – whether it was her all-day shopping adventures with a chance to encounter that perfect gift, volunteering, connecting with friends over lunches, or the lengths she went to prepare for Christmas, these joys will miss a final crescendo – as it is the loss we have experienced in Hélène’s passing, to no longer enjoy these with her. To have fully appreciated Hélène, is to also embrace her strong independence, her enjoyment of solitude with her pets and TV shows, her love of wolves and her insistence on spoiling her treasured grandchildren. She has passed on a legacy for loved ones to enjoy, remember and reminisce.
With her passing she has given the gift of sight to another. She was an incredible woman. She had an unparalleled zest for life and an infectious kindness that thankfully was passed down to her sons and their children. She always put her children first – her selflessness was beyond reproach. She will live on in our hearts, minds, thoughts, prayers, and laughs forever.
We will miss her gentle soul and all the love she gave however it is her spirit, the memories of so many wonderful moments we had with her and how it impacted all of us, which will forever remain with us. The family asks that you spend time with your children, enjoy life with loved ones and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond. That is what Hélène would wish for you.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial tributes be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am Friday, December 14,, 2018 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 7624 – 39 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB.
Interment will take place at the Saint Mary’s Cemetery.