Helen Foden,

FODEN, Helen

March 30, 1921 – March 1, 2010


After a valiant five month battle with a debilitating physical disorder Mom passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family. She never lost her sense of humour and enjoyed time with family and friends until the end.


Mom was predeceased in 2004 by her brother Ken and in 2005 by Moe, her husband of 59 years.


She is survived by daughters Janis (Rick) and Dallas (Jim), son Tom (Susan), sister-in-law Aileen and family, and was a loving and well loved Grammie and Grandma to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Mom was born and raised in Crystal City, Manitoba. As a young woman she attended college and became a legal secretary. She later enlisted in the RCAF and served in WW2, reaching the rank of Sergeant. In 1946 she married Dad, who was also in the service. Following their marriage, Mom and Dad took their discharges and moved to B.C. When Dad re-enlisted in 1952, they were posted to Ontario, England, Germany and finally Comox where they made their permanent home.


In 1960, Mom began a career as secretary to the Base Commander of CFB Comox, and for the next 20 years worked for 10 different Base Commanders.


Upon her retirement Mom began a second career as a volunteer. Her contributions were recognized by the Canadian Cancer Society and she was given an Honourary Life Membership by the Filberg Lodge and Park Association.


In their retirement Mom and Dad became ardent cruisers and enjoyed travels to many different parts of the world. Mom continued to enjoy cruising with her friend Judy and with other family members as recently as June of last year.


Above all, Mom was a lady, loved, admired and respected by all who knew her.


Friends are invited to join the family in a Celebration of Mom’s life on Saturday March 20th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Copper Room in the Crown Isle Clubhouse.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.


The memories and love I leave behind

Are yours to keep

I have found my rest; I have turned my face

To the sun, and now I sleep.