It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Helen Jean Eide, 88, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at La Verendrye General Hospital with her family at her side.
Helen was born Jan. 23, 1921 in Fort Frances to the late Archibald and Cynthia Shaw of Stratton, Ont.
Helen was united in marriage to Elmer Eide on Jan. 24, 1945. Together they raised four children, whom she loved more than anything.
After her children were grown, Helen went to work as the custodian of McIrvine School until its closure.
Helen enjoyed camping, travelling, and a good game of cards. But most of all, she loved her time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the true light of her life.
Helen was a member of the La Verendrye Hospital ladies’ auxiliary, and also a member of Knox United Church in Fort Frances.
Helen is survived by her daughters, Sandra Borys of Winnipeg, Man. and Diane (John) Kirk of Fort Frances, Ont.; and son, Alan (Shawn) Eide of Bears Pass, Ont.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Deb (Peter), Kim (Dave), Tanys (Darren), Ryan (Emelita), Cathy (Campbell), Jamie (Larry), Allison (Dean), Kristopher (Leah), and Lindsay. Helen also was blessed with 14 great-grandchildren.
She also leaves to mourn her dear sister, Dorothy Cupp; sister-in-law, Greta Eide; brother-in-law, Cecil (Dorothy) Eide; as well as many nieces and nephews. Helen also had many special friends at Rose Manor.
She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Eide; daughter, Marlene Olson; son-in-law, Mervin Borys; as well as two sisters and three brothers.
A celebration of Helen’s life will be held Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.
The honourary pallbearers will be Murray Fairnington, Rod Cupp, Ryan Borys, Kristopher Kirk, Campbell Handberg, Dean Wilson, Darren VanWynsberge, Jack Fiset, and Twyla Howarth.
In memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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