Mom passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour with her family by her side, on November 19, 2011 at Chilliwack General Hospital. She was born March 22, 1928 in Stettler, AB and grew up in Baldwinton, SK. She was the last survivor of a family of nine children born to William and Penelope Carlton. Mom is survived by Grant (Cathy) and Barrie (Marilyn); grandchildren, Nicky (Andy) Bonato, Cory (Tanya) Denham, four great grandchildren, Kobe, Kyle, Carson and Jake, extended family and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Cecil in June, 2011; brothers, Stanley, Peter and Willy; as well as sisters, Vera, Reba, Elma, Pearl, Margery.
Mom enjoyed her home and especially loved her family and family get togethers. She was so proud of her grandchildren, and great grandsons. Mom grew up in Sask. and moved to Chilliwack in the early 1940’s She met her future husband, Cecil, while working at Boeing Aircraft Plant during the war years. There were a great many good memories. Helen and Cecil married in 1948, followed by the births of their two sons, Grant and Barrie. They built their family home in 1956 where they lived happily until Cecil’s passing. Mom was active in sports and especially enjoyed softball in her younger years. Growing up on a farm in Sask. during the tough times, the family always managed to find ways to entertain themselves, be it horseback riding, avoiding chores, music or just laughing. The one room country school seemed to be a source of much fun and amusement. Mom helped and participated with Dad’s businesses. They enjoyed some traveling and their time together after Dad’s retirement. Their Christian beliefs and their family were the very most important things to them. Mom moved to the Lynnwood Retirement Residence in September, 2011. She enjoyed a short 21/2 month stay there.
A time of visitation and condolences will be held on Thursday, November 24 from 6-8 pm at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Ave, Chilliwack.
Graveside service for everyone wishing to join the family will be held at 12:00 at Chilliwack Cemetery on Little Mountain with a Memorial service and Tea to follow at Henderson’s Funeral Home Chapel, beginning at 1:00pm.Bearers will be Cory Denham, Andy Bonato, Randy Boldt, Craig Boldt, Pete Torsma and Bill Offer.
The family wishes to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff at the Lynnwood, the Paramedics, Emergency Room staff, Doctors, Nurses and volunteers at Chilliwack Hospital who offered their support on the day of her sudden passing.
If family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be directed to a charity of your choice.