November 1st, 1923 – May 3rd, 2016
The family of Helen (‘En’) Smith are sad to announce her passing on May 3rd, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, B.C.
Helen was born in Strathtay, Perthshire, Scotland to John and Helen Douglas.
Helen was predeceased by husband and soulmate Bill, brother Jim (Kaye), brother-in-law Michael Wellock and nephew Doug Wellock. She is survived by her sister Rachel Wellock, niece Louise Bustard (Robert) and their sons Stephen and Jeffrey, great-grandnephew Oliver, nephew Gordon Douglas, step-son Jim Smith (Connie), grandchildren Nathan and Tasha.
Helen spent her childhood in Rossland, B.C. and spent the first years of her working life as a secretary at Teck Cominco in Trail. She then spent time as a legal stenographer in Castlegar before turning to the florist business, apprenticing in Nelson before purchasing and running her own flower shop in Castlegar where she met her husband Bill. Bill and Helen moved to Black Creek in 1984 to pursue their love of ocean fishing. They spent many happy years together.
Helen was a quiet, private person who enjoyed the simple things in life and faced life’s challenges with a courageous tenacity and a sharp wit. She loved being in nature, gardening, golfing and curling. As Helen was very artistic, she was able to capture her love of nature in her paintings and in her dried flower cards.
Helen will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Special thanks to the third floor staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, her neighbours,friends and to her very close friend Louise Wiens for their support and care.
No service by request.