HELEN JORDAN (Gashiiatebeek) (Awasii Clan)

Helen Jordan (Gashiiatebeek), 79, of 1135 Fourth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont., passed away peacefully with her children and loved ones by her bedside on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
Helen was born March 10, 1931 in Nett Lake, Mn. to the late Jim and Emma Ottertail. As a young girl, she was raised by Helen Menson in Seine River First Nation.
On Sept. 20, 1961, Helen was united in marriage to Frank Jordan Sr.
Helen worked as a cook for the CNR for a few years. A favourite pastime were the hours she enjoyed playing Bingo with family and friends.
She enjoyed baking and traditional meals with her family. She also loved sewing, beadwork, and making jingle dresses for pow-wows.
Helen was a cultural and spiritual leader for people in the community, and had over the years taught at Seven Generations during the fall harvest.
She also was a well-known and well-respected jingle dress dancer.
Helen will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
Helen leaves behind her children, Alice (Rob) Chisel, Dora Ottertail (Dave Gerts), Norma Jordan (Robert Hunter), Dorothy Jordan (Leslie Morrisseau), Norman Jordan, Frank Jordan Jr., Melba Jordan, and Harvey (Thea) Jordan; grandchildren, Melvin, Sylvia, Kathy, Shawn, Greg, Jake, Richilda, Tina, Nathaniel (Shelly), Julian (Jade), Jocelyn, Jeremy, Jessica, Jared, Dakota, Shauna, Nikki, Aaron, Keyshawn, Dyson, Justice, Robbie Joe, and Journey; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by one sister, Evelyn Lightfeather; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Jordan Sr., on April 29, 2003; two brothers, Everett and Melvin; granddaughter, Marilyn; and sister, Helen Menson.
A wake was held on Sunday evening, Aug. 15, 2010 at the Lac La Croix First Nation Roundhouse.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 in the morning at the Lac La Croix First Nation Roundhouse.
An elder officiated, with a traditional burial in Lac La Croix First Nation Cemetery.
The pallbearers were family members and family friends.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8 or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com