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HELEN BELL SKINNER (published on December 28, 2009)

HELEN BELL (nee CUMMING) SKINNER, R.N. October 24, 1915 December 23, 2009 Widow of the Late Frank Leith Skinner, M.B.E., LL.D. Helen Bell Skinner, age 94 years of Roblin, MB passed away peacefully on December 23, 2009, at Crocus Court Personal Care Home, Roblin, MB. Helen was born to Hugh and Lyle (neƩ Archibald) Cumming at Teulon, Manitoba. She grew up in a happy home with two brothers and three sisters. After her early education at Teulon she went to Normal School and taught school for three years. Following the death of her mother, she returned to the family home to keep house for her father and to help with raising her younger sisters. After the death of her father, she trained as a nurse at the Winnipeg General Hospital (Health Sciences Centre) and began a nursing career in Winnipeg. In December 1947 Helen married Frank Leith Skinner. Together they were blessed with five children. In addition to raising their children, Helen entertained scientists and dignitaries from across North America. She took a very active role in her church, was a leader in 4-H and grew an extensive garden and took part as a horticultural exhibitor and judge. Helen was predeceased by her parents, by her two brothers Bill and Jack and one sister Jean. She is survived by two sisters, Agnes Forbes of Tecumseh, ON, and Lois Lee of Toronto; by her five children, Leith (Gladys) of Vernon, BC, Hugh of Roblin, MB, Isabel (Tim) Wendell of Roblin, Heather (Tim) Loeppky of Edmonton, AB and John (Jo-Anne Hamilton) of Roblin; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Following Frank's death in 1967, Helen returned to her calling as a nurse. At her retirement in 1982, she was nurse in charge of Crocus Court Personal Care Home in Roblin. She continued to minister to the sick and infirm in her community until many of the old people that she visited regularly were younger than she was. Retirement allowed her to take an even more active role in her church. Helen was well loved by her family and many friends. Well done good and faithful servant Memorial Gifts May Be Made To Either Roblin District Community Foundation Inc., (for Crocus Court Personal Care Home), Box 1599, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0 or The Frank Skinner Arboretum, Box 1221, Roblin, MB R0L 1P0. Helen's Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. from Knox United Church, Roblin, MB with Reverend Karen Kuzek officiating and Interment will follow at Deer-Park Cemetery, Tummel, MB. Notes of condolence to the family may be e-mailed to Nairn-Chyz Funeral Home Roblin, MB Entrusted With Arrangements (204) 937-2111

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