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Her parents were Lillian and George Hill, her sisters, Edna, Pearl, Hazel, Margaret, Grace and Ruth, and her brothers were Fred and George.
At age six Helen was introduced to Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour by her sister Hazel. In many ways all of Helen's life was in service to her Lord Jesus. As a young woman she started teaching children through Sunday schools and youth clubs in Winnipeg. She consistently served at her church, Elim Chapel, even into her last years. Her active volunteer ministry included working with World Vision, Misericordia Hospital, Living Bible Explorers, Union Gospel Mission, Freedom school, City Church and new Canadians. In her retirement years she was trained to teach ESL where she faithfully taught many newcomers and developed many long term, loving relationships.
She loved to learn about and support Christian missionaries, especially those who worked with children and with the poor. This led her to pray continuously for many in the service of the Lord and for the salvation of many. Even recently, she was searching out new works of God to support and pray into.
Helen loved her Sherburn Street home and garden. She had a very good neighbourhood reputation and she was constantly giving out attention and gifts, and as well receiving attention and yes, many gifts in return. As Jesus said "It is more blessed to give than receive". God's principle of sowing and reaping was constantly operating in her life. Helen was a beacon of light for her Lord Jesus and the love of her heavenly Father. She personified Jesus' words, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven. Matt 5:16
She was buried July 12, at a small family service, and we will have a memorial service for her on September 25, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Elim Chapel, Winnipeg.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
Helen was one of the kindest and most lovely people I have known; always smiling and making the world a better place. I am so sad to hear of her passing. Helen was my back lane my neighbour and from the moment I moved in 16 years ago and met her, she was always so kind, welcoming and just a joy to be around. We would often chat about our gardens, her family and her many adventures in swimming (especially when her beloved Sherbrook Pool was closed for repair for nearly two years!). You could always count on seeing her walking in the neighbourhood, chatting with people and just enjoying life! We could all learn a lot from Helen's example of not taking for granted and appreciating all of the small wonders of life. I am going to miss my dear neighbour Helen but am so happy that she got live out her life in her house and the neighbourhood that she loved so much. May you rest in peace Helen. My sincere condolences to your family and friends. - Posted by: Kemlin Nembhard (Friend and neighbour) on: Aug 23, 2021
Helen was one of the kindest, most caring people we knew. Helen, we will miss you. Helen, rest in peace. - Posted by: Jinping Zhao (Friends) on: Aug 12, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing Helen from swimming together at Misericordia and Sherbrook pools. Helen was always so happy and welcoming to all of our group and she was in such great condition. What a wonderful person I am truly blessed to have called her my friend. I will miss you Helen but I will think of you often and always remember just how amazing you are. God Bless you Helen. Cathy - Posted by: cathy keenan (friend) on: Jul 30, 2021
It's very sad to think we will no longer see Helen when we get a chance to go swimming again. She was always such a lovely person, and seemed so much younger than her years. We will miss her smiling face and interesting conversations. - Posted by: Linda Ross-Mansfield (Simply Unique swim friend) on: Jul 22, 2021
I had the pleasure of getting to know Helen when she volunteered in patient registration at Misericordia. She was there every Thursday rain, sleet or snow without fail and we always looked forward to seeing her. She kept the department stocked with Scottish mints and we did the WFP crossword together every week. Her kind, warm and sunny personality sure is missed. - Posted by: Jennifer White (Misericordia Health Centre) on: Jul 19, 2021
Our life journey with Helen was not very long, but very meaningful and we are very grateful that our paths crossed. We had the pleasure of meeting Helen in 2017 when she purchased her last car (Pontiac G5) from us. She was a very kind and loving person and we became very good friends. We visited and called each other. She loved homemade chocolate treats that we made and brought to her on our visits! We shall miss her dearly. RIP Helen. Our sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: Max and Gisele Sampson (Friend) on: Jul 18, 2021
Helen was always a "dear"... the smile on her face genuine, the spring in her step full of enthusiasm. She exuded happiness wherever she went. Within our Simply Unique Swim Group, Helen was a trooper - meeting and welcoming and including newcomers at every turn. When I was unable to attend, Helen always made a bee-line to me, and let me know that I was missed. That was our Helen. She cheerfully engaged in our weekly Pot Lucks, bringing a main dish or dessert for all to enjoy. Helen helped with set-up, and aided in clean-up, and enjoyed the company of our members during the sharing of each and every meal. And before or after her volunteer time at Misericordia Hospital, she managed to regularly visit our swim member Margaret, during Margaret's 3 months stay there. Yes, Helen was always a "dear", and we will all miss her, in whatever capacity we knew her. During my last telephone conversation with her, Helen let me know, in no uncertain terms, that she had come to terms with her illness, was thankful to her life-long faith, and was going to leave this earth with a smile on her face. Bless you Helen, as we all send you on your way. You will not be forgotten! 💕 - Posted by: Linda Henderson (Simply Unique Swim Group Coordinator) on: Jul 18, 2021
I worked with Helen in the Business Ed Dept at St. John’s until 1975. We remained friends but eventually lost touch. Recently an acquaintance met her at Misericordia Hospital, and Helen sent her contact to me. I just recently put it in my address book……..but sadly had not contacted her yet. Do not put off doing these things! Helen was one of the kindest, gentlest people I knew at St. John’s. She was a good teacher and a caring coworker. I am sorry for her loss, to her family, her friends, and her community. Her tribute photo is beautiful….just the way I remember her….always smiling. RIP Helen. - Posted by: Cheryl Willis (Former teaching colleague St. John’s High School) on: Jul 17, 2021
Helen was a good friend of our Aunt Joan and became part of our family over 40 years ago. She was a very kind and loving person and we never forgot her, even after Aunt Joan passed away. - Posted by: Theresa Hunter (Family Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021
Helen was a very dedicated volunteer in our Adult EAL Program. Always with a smile on her face, she thoroughly enjoyed assisting our newcomers in helping them improve their English skills. She also enjoyed having her Monday morning porridge treat and chatting with staff and students before classes started. It was a pleasure to serve Helen a hot bowl of porridge each Monday. She was a very sweet and kind person and we shall miss her dearly. Our sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: Miranda (Adult EAL Program "Porridge Maker") on: Jul 17, 2021
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