Helen passed away peacefully at the University of Alberta Hospital on October, 23, 2010. Although the final three weeks since she broke her leg were more painful for her than we had hoped, the family was able to watch and wait faithfully with her.
Helen is survived by her sons, Patrick, Terry (Pat), Dennis (Dianne), and Kelly (Sue) McCoy; daughters, Kathy (Norm) MacDonald and Maureen (Albert) Peters; grandchildren, Randy, Michael, Matt, and Justin McCoy, Erin McCoy-Birk, Shannon Hoppus, Mark Peters, Connor, Doug, and Glenn MacDonald; and ten great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill McCoy, who died in 1996.
Helen was born in Port Arthur, (Thunder Bay) Ontario, but grew up in Edmonton.She worked as a stenographer and secretary before marrying Bill McCoy in 1939. Early on, the young couple joined other McCoy families at Seba Beach Alberta for their summer holidays and the cabin at the beach was an important part of her life and those of her children. As the family grew older, Helen took up bowling, bridge, golf, and community service, making many long-standing friends in the process. With Helen, housework could always wait.
Always interested in people, Helen later took well to living in the Riverbend Retirement Residence and earned the nickname “Grandma with a Camera” for her steady supply of photos of community events. She was much loved by her grandchildren who had endless patience with her failing memory.
We would like to express our gratitude to the nurses at the University of Alberta Hospital for their patience and care during Mom’s last days and to the caring staff at Riverbend Retirement Residence where she had lived since 2002.
A Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 210 Haddow Close, Edmonton. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton.
In lieu of flowers, Helen requested Masses be offered for the repose of her soul, or donations may be made in Helen’s memory to St. Francis of Assisi School (Snack Program) c/o Katherine Dekker, Principal, 6614 – 129 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5C 1V7.
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