Helen (Derksen) DENNISON

April 10, 1927 ~ June 5, 2020 (age 93)


Helen Dennison, (nee Derksen) April 10, 1927 - June 5, 2020. (Age 93)  It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of this wonderful lady. Helen had a difficult early life. In 1930, at age 3, she & her Dutch parents, escaped communist Russia. After a long and dangerous trip they reached Germany, caught a ship to Canada, a train across the country until finally settling in Abbotsford, B.C.  Her family later owned a butcher shop, general store, lumber yard, dairy farm & property in the area. She helped raise her nine siblings and worked in the family businesses, especially after her father suddenly died when she was 19. Eventually moving to Vancouver, Helen did some modelling and office work, married Jack Dennison in 1953 and had two children, Greg and Kathy. In 1973, she & Jack built a vacation cabin on Savary Island which became a beloved family getaway. They lived in Vancouver, Ladner, Walnut Grove, Port Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows but from 1997 on, they enjoyed a quiet life on Gabriola Island. Sadly Helen lost husband Jack in 2006 and son Greg, who passed in 2016. Helen was a beautiful woman, a talented homemaker, a fabulous cook & baker who became well known for her melt in your mouth pies. She was an excellent bowler, badminton player, voracious reader, gardener and an expert seamstress who made clothing, quilts, uniquely designed aprons, and in her last months was sewing little dresses  for an orphanage in Nepal. A devoted mother & grandmother, she was always close to family and was surrounded in love as she passed on. Generous, warm and caring to us all, Helen will be dearly and sadly missed, but her memory will be lovingly cherished by those who knew her. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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