It is with profound sadness that the family of Helen G. Howe of French Lake announce her passing on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Shannex Neill Hall. She was born to Lawrence and Alice Wood on April 21, 1931 in Welsford, NB. Helen was a devoted wife of 71 years to Everett Howe who says that he fell madly in love "at first glance of her sparkling blue eyes". She was his biggest supporter. They raised six children together and have eight grandchildren. There was nothing that she loved more than having her loud, rambunctious family around her.
She was an amazing human who faced life with quiet strength and grace. She saw people’s hearts. She listened deeply to the meaning behind words. She accepted things as they are, not as she wanted them to be. She valued each person for their strengths and was an encourager.
She was baptized in 1954 as a Jehovah’s Witness. She held firm to her faith and walked through life in a way that served as an example. She practiced her preaching in a discerning way and met people where they were, never pushy or judgmental; always listening and responding with understanding and wisdom. Her hope for the future included a resurrection into paradise on earth.
"For I well know the thoughts I am thinking toward you," declares Jehovah, "thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
In addition to her husband, Helen is survived by her children: Gloria Pouliot (Andre), Oliv (nee Gary), Mark (Kellie Blue), Matthew (Janice), Paulianne (Brian Higgins); daughter-in-law, Pat; and grandchildren: Melanie Parker, Justin, Nicholas, Scott, Ryan, Alanna, and Zachary and Alex Higgins. She also has many in-laws and friends who will miss her dearly.
She was predeceased by her parents, only sibling, Terry Wood, and her youngest son, Joel.
Helen had an extended hospital stay at the DECH and encountered many healthcare workers on many units. She often commented on the goodness of the nurses who were so gentle and she especially appreciated those who added a personal touch or a bit of humor while carrying out their duties. A special thank you to the doctors who treated her with compassion and great respect for a long life - those who saw the person within the 90-year-old body.
Donations can be made to the Arthritis Society or charity of your choice.
A service, by invitation, will be held via Zoom on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2pm.