Helen Thelma Barlow joyfully danced into the Kingdom of Heaven on January 27, 2012. We can only imagine the welcoming party that was there to greet her and the laughter, singing and the visiting that took place as she was reunited with family and friends.
Our beautiful Norwegian Mom was born on May 17, 1923 in Elbow, Saskatchewan to Halsten and Clara Bjorgan. Elbow was home to Helen until the fall of 2007 when she moved to Saskatoon to be close to family. She loved her family and friends with all her heart and was the happiest when she was surrounded by those she loved.
We loved her enthusiasm for life and her feisty spirit that lit up a room. She embraced her illnesses with grace, patience, strength, always humour and her legacy of love will continue through all those who were blessed to share her path. Mom will go down in history for the famous “buns and molasses bread” that she made and so generously shared with everyone. As well, she will be remembered for the beautiful handiwork she did.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Ralph in 1995; sister Verna; brothers Ken and Gordon; and sisters-in-law Blanche and Evelyn. She is survived by three daughters, Sandra (Fred) Turetski, Cranbrook, B.C.; Wendy Barlow, Vegreville, Alta.; Amber Barlow (Kevin), Saskatoon; nine grandchildren, Darwyn (Betty Jane) Boucher, Stacey (David) Virgin, Stephanie (Ty) Stokes, Dezeri Westlake, Natali Martin, Bobbi Jo (Derek) Nyman, Shane (Lynn) Cammer, Dustin Cammer, Tiffany Cammer; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother Morris Bjorgan, Elbow. A memorial service will be held in Elbow at a later date.
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.
Note: These obituaries are taken from the pages of The Davidson Leader.