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Obituary for Helen Louise Colby

It is with deepest sorrow we share news of the passing of a most beloved wife, mother and grandmother; Helen passed away on Saturday, March 10th, at home, surrounded by her family.

Helen is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Robert (Bob); her brother Donnie Bishop (Marion); her children Brian (Monique), Lynn, and Cheryl (Steve) Hurst; and her cherished grandchildren David (Stephanie) of Alberta, Quinn (Cassie) and Kristy. She is predeceased by her parents William (Roy) and Margaret Bishop.
Helen was born in Columbus and as a ‘failure to thrive’ infant required the specialized care of Sick Kid’s Hospital; her nephew and grandson also required their care, so the hospital had a special place in her heart. Helen graduated from O’Neill and Ontario Business College. She worked for Herb Robinson, Sunnycrest Nursing Home, Lakeridge Health Oshawa and Dr. Brownlee’s Chiropractic Clinic.

Helen was a thoughtful and supportive friend who always knew the right things to say and do, was always the first to offer a helping hand, and opened her home to family, friends and those in need. She was an amazing gardener, cook, baker of pies, cakes, Christmas squares and cookies, sewer, smocker and knitter who created a beautiful and loving home.
Helen struggled with numerous health challenges throughout her life; the last two years were especially difficult as she battled the ravages of C.O.P.D. Helen displayed admirable strength and determination in her fight to remain with us.

We would like to extend sincere appreciation to Bob and Lynn for their loving care and devoted attention to Helen; to Darlene Peters for guiding and supporting us through a very difficult day; and the St. Elizabeth health care team, especially to Janette for her exceptional and gentle care.

It is with deep sorrow, but much appreciation, that we say goodbye to our best friend, mentor and role model. A truly bright light in the world has been extinguished.

Donations to Sick Kid’s Hospital, the Canadian Lung Association, The Arthritis Society, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

As per Helen’s wishes, a private family internment will be held at Mount Lawn Cemetery.

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
Gaelic Blessing.
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