Helene died peacefully on July 17, 2019 after a life well lived.
Helene was the youngest member of the very large Alberta pioneer family of William and Olga Dorin of Bruce, Alberta. She is survived by one sister, Ollie Hennig and one brother, Herman (Shirley) Dorin. In 1950, she married Robert Borden Williamson who predeceased her in 1994. Helene resided in Edmonton, Edson, Hinton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, where Bob was employed by the Bank of Nova Scotia. In 1997, Helene moved to BC.
She is survived by: her children Dawn (Paul), Heather, and Rob (Clare); her beloved grandchildren Kate (Craig), Jenn (Geoff), Jossie, Noah and Bobby (Leigha); great-grandchildren Ellie, William, Jonathan, Dorin, and expected Baby Boy Williamson; nieces and nephews too numerous to mention, many of whom visited Helene in the Okanagan; considered special extended family, John and Sheila Paynter and Joan and Robin Dodge who were such a help to her, as well as many kind neighbours, friends and strangers.
Helene was a member of the United Church for 67 years. In Westbank, she was active in building the church extension in addition to her duties in Pastoral Care for many years, taking communion to shut ins and nursing homes. She was a Wednesday afternoon volunteer at the Thrift Shop for more than 20 years. She was also active in the Westside Senior Citizens Centre for bridge and duplicate bridge.
Her family sincerely appreciates the care and assistance of Dr. Mark Sorestad, the staff at Westside Medical Associates, Remedy’s Rx Pharmacy, Brookhaven Care Centre and Interior Health.
Friends of Helene Williamson are invited to join her family in celebrating the life of this remarkable woman. We will gather from 2 to 4pm on Saturday, September 28, at the Westside Seniors Centre at 3661 Old Okanagan Highway in Westbank. Please come along to share your memories and your stories.