Castle, Helen Jane – Passed peacefully on February 19, 2019. Born into the Newman family of Carroll’s Corner, she met Charles (Vernon) Castle before the Second World War.
They married and had their first child, Wayne, before Vernon went overseas. He returned safely and they built a home in Carroll’s Corner where they raised their family of six. Except for a few memorable years in Port Hawkesbury, Helen could always be found at home in Carroll’s Corner where she gardened, cooked, baked, did yoga, knit, danced and celebrated birthdays and anniversaries with her family.
Helen lived a healthy lifestyle and always looked younger than her years. She was happy and content in the home she and Vernon created, which grew with their family. She was active throughout her life, and in her 90’s called herself “lazy” for slowing down. Always light-hearted, she enjoyed her 96th birthday with her family in January. Helen travelled across Canada, to Ontario and British Columbia, and to England and Europe and visited gardens wherever she went. She was a member of Gays River United Church and the Women’s Auxiliary of Shubenacadie Legion.
Our loving thoughts are with her – her sister, June and brother, Glen; her children, Chuck (Mary), Greg (Judy), Debbie (David), Glen (Ann) and Susan (Vernon); her grandchildren, Dewayne, Belinda, Freddie, Laurie, Catherine, Victoria, Melissa, Gregory, Tena, Mark; and great-grandchildren, Mary Jane, Brittany, Justin, Glenda, Ty, Carter, Violet, John, Elizabeth, Paige, Sam; and great great-grandchild, Ella Mae.
She was ever grateful for her caring companions who helped her stay in her home during her last days: Cindy Toney, her daughters, Debbie and Sue, Earth Angels (Truro) and Continuing Care (Northwood). Sincere thanks from the family to the Palliative Care team of Colchester East Hants Health Centre for their supportive, understanding care.
Cremation has taken place. Service will be held in Gays River United Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 23rd, followed by a get-together downstairs. Flowers welcome. Donations may be made to Gays River United Church or a charity of choice. And please plant flowers or a tree in her memory – she will smile on seeing it.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
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