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Born: Nov 21, 1923
Date of Passing: Sep 06, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Helen was born in Port Arthur, Ontario on November 21, 1923, to Louis and Margaret (Watson) Mowry. With older sisters, Marjorie, Grace and Gladys, they moved to Toronto when she was 14. During the Second World War, she met and subsequently married a dashing young R.C.A.F. member, Douglas Fearn and they were happily married for 53 years until Doug's death in 1998. Most of their married life was spent in Winnipeg, Doug's hometown. They lived in the West End, Westwood, then downtown at Fred Douglas Place. When Helen moved to Thorvaldson Care Centre in May, she had been at Fred Douglas for over 25 years and made many friends there.
Helen and Doug took several trips especially after retirement. They enjoyed WSO Pops concerts, reading, lawn bowling, square dancing and bridge. Gatherings with family and friends were cherished memories. They were active in several churches over the years, including Chalmers United, Kirkfield Park United, First Presbyterian and Knox United.
Helen was an inquisitive soul who was keenly interested in the lives of her family, friends, neighbours and associates. She was a trail blazer in her time by pursuing a career, and to no one's surprise, chose social work. When her sons were teenagers, she went back to school and graduated from Red River Community College in 1969 with a gold medal in Welfare Services. She worked primarily in the field of adoptions, travelling throughout the province, assessing suitable homes for babies and young children. Always wanting to ensure she kept in tune with the times, Helen could discuss politics, religion, world affairs, finance and social trends with aplomb. She will be dearly missed.
Helen leaves two sons, Doug (Nancy) and Greg (Linda), five grandchildren, Christopher (Jenifer), Cameron, Kate (Chris Paget), Alison and Sandra (Blaine Duffield); eight great-grandchildren, Jacob, Caleb and James Fearn, Conner, Jackson and Makenna Paget and Keagan and Levi Duffield; nieces, Beverley Heald and Margaret Ann Kitching and nephew Ted Heald, also many relatives on the Fearn side of the family.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Doug and great-grandson Joshua Fearn.
The family is grateful to Provincial Home Care workers, Thorvaldson Care Centre and also to the staff of St. Boniface Hospital Emergency and 4E for their compassionate care in Helen's final 54 hours.
Details regarding a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Helen's memory to a charity of your choice.
Funeral Director Ltd.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Dear Greg and Linda extending our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dear mother. Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute. It's evident that she leaves an incredible legacy of caring and empathy. Sorry for your loss. Lynda Ruban staff and friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Sep 24, 2021
My sincere condolences to Greg & Linda and families on the passing of your Mom and Grandmother! It sounded like she enjoyed life and I've seen that in you too! Virtual hugs sent your way! - Posted by: Rose Anne Burdeny (Coworker) on: Sep 15, 2021
Helen was a helpful welcoming neighbor when my husband Johann and I moved into Fred Douglas Place, and we co-existed on the 15th floor for more than a decade. It was a lovely time with frequent enjoyable conversations. This summer I met her at Thorvaldson's for a moment; I'm so glad I got to see saw her once more. - Posted by: Elisabeth Kunkel (frtend) on: Sep 11, 2021
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