It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Myers report her passing on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Mother passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
Born in Spooner/Baudette, Mn. on March 29, 1919 to John and Petra Kyler, Helen moved first to Big Falls, Mn. and then to International Falls, Mn. with her mother and two sisters, Lillian Green and Lucille Olsen, after the passing of her father.
Growing up in International Falls, she attended Falls High School and went on to attend nursing school in Saint Paul, Mn.
Helen was united in marriage to Edward Russel (Rusty) Myers of Fort Frances on Jan. 1, 1938 and moved to Fort Frances in the same year.
Helen obtained landed immigrant status in Canada but while she loved Canada, she was immensely proud to be an American citizen.
Helen and Rusty worked hand-in-hand throughout the 1940s and ’50s building the business of Rusty Myers Flying Service. Dad would fly and mother booked reservations, caught airplanes when they landed at the dock, and entertained the customers of Rusty Myers Flying Service.
She set a wonderful table and no one left Helen’s home without a good meal. Many sports writers and columnists from the United States spoke of wonderful hospitality and wild-game dinners prepared by Helen.
In her spare time, mother enjoyed playing Bridge, belonging to Beta Sigma Phi, along with the antics of the plays and performances put on by her sorority sisters. She was a proud member of Eastern Star.
Mother also was an avid golfer, and in her early years she loved to be involved in putting on the Christmas pageants at Knox United Church. She loved to decorate the church for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Helen had an island home on Rainy Lake fondly called Helen’s Half Acre, where during the summer she entertained, and like so many others her heart was inextricably connected to Rainy Lake. She loved a beautiful sunrise or sunset on the island. Or just languishing on the dock with her friends on a warm summer’s day.
All that said, mother never passed up an opportunity to travel.
Sadly, mother and dad’s partnership ended in 1978. Dad went to live in Boca Raton, Fla. while mother stayed in her beloved Fort Frances.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, John and Petra Kyler; and sisters Lillian Green of International Falls, Mn. and Lucille Olsen of Minneapolis, Mn. Helen also was sadly predeceased by her niece, Karen BenAlcazar of Minneapolis, Mn.
Helen is survived by her children, Frank (Evelyn) Myers and John (Sharon) Myers of Fort Frances, Ont., and Janet Peters of Winnipeg, Man; grandchildren, Jennifer (Charles) Coombe of International Falls, Mn., Carole Anne Myers of Vancouver, B.C., Kimberly (Robert) Wright of Dryden, Ont., Kristina Myers Desaulniers of Fort Frances, Ont., Jamie Peters (Shawn) Hafey Francke of Ogden, Utah, and Steven and Suzanne Peters of Winnipeg, Man.; and great-grandchildren John Anthony Myers, Rachel Myers Service, Carson and Cale Wright, Blake Ann Desaulniers, and lastly Amelia Hafey Francke.
Helen also has wonderful nieces who were considered daughters, Diane (Jim) Safely of Minneapolis, Mn. and Jackie (Bill) Perleberg of Denver, Colo.; and great-nieces and nephew, Ann Michelle Zirakzaheh, Jamie Safely, and David Perleberg.
Helen was a second mom and an auntie to many.
A service will be held in Helen’s honour on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.
Interment to follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery in International Falls.
The honourary pallbearers will be the grandchildren of Helen.
In memoriam donations may be made to Riverside La Verendrye Hospital Palliative Care, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2C1 or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenlarsen.com or www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com