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HELEN MARIA RUTH CARSON (published on April 27, 2010)

HELEN MARIA RUTH CARSON (nee BENT) March 4, 1919 - April 24, 2010 With heavy hearts the family of Helen Carson announces that Mum passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Boundary Trails Health Centre. She was predeceased by her husband Harold in 2000; parents Gesner Torrey Bent and Mary Ann (nee Logan), and her sisters Marjorie, Jean and Mary. She is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her sister Shirley of Brandon; children Beverley (Wilf) Cooper of Okotoks, Alberta; Shirley of Thornhill; Alan (Karen Pellatt) of Winnipeg; granddaughter Allison (Brian) Lean of Calgary; great-granddaughters Amelia and Charlotte Lean; and many nieces and nephews. Mum was born on the farm near Lauder, Manitoba. She had a happy childhood with many fond memories especially of Christmas with her sisters, parents, and grandparents. She achieved her Grade 12 studying at home and took teacher training in Brandon. She taught for five years at a number of schools, including Berry Hill (Lauder), Ninette, Elam (Thornhill), and Truro (Lauder). Mum married Harold in 1945 and they began life together on the farm at Thornhill. Mum worked hard on the family farm caring for the mink, turkeys and chickens, and always had a bountiful garden. She enjoyed preparing meals for the family, especially at holiday time. In 1966 the family moved to Morden and Mum became involved with the St. Paul's United Church where she participated in the United Church Women and sang in the choir for many years. She bowled (5-pin) for 30 years at Carman and won many trophies. Mum loved her children very much and was very devoted to them. Whenever possible, she attended their activities, special events, and graduations. She continued her devotion with her only granddaughter, Allison, and in 2006 travelled to Calgary for her wedding. In 2002, Mum moved to the Elks Park Lodge, where she enjoyed the fellowship of her friends and neighbours and her beautiful view onto Memorial Park. Mum's friends were very important to her and she always found time to have tea and cookies with them. Mum remained active, even in her final years. She walked regularly and enjoyed doing crosswords, puzzles, Sudoku and reading. She enjoyed the Morden Friendship Centre meal program, special events, activities, and singing in the Senior Choir. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at St. Paul's United Church in Morden. Ash interment to follow at the Knightcot Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen's memory may be made to the Morden Friendship Centre or a charity of your choice. Say not that her candle has gone out. Say rather that she had no more need of it because the morning has come. Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden In Care of Arrangements, 822-4755

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