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Helen Wilson

Helen Joyce Wilson

Tuesday, October 14th, 1919 - Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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Helen Joyce Wilson

Peacefully on March 18, 2020, Helen Joyce Wilson nee Yorke, passed away at the age of 100. Helen was born on October 14th, 1919, in Warwick Township, to Dennis and Augusta Yorke. She graduated from London Teachers’ College (London Normal School) in 1940. Helen married Frederick Wilson in 1944 and they served together in teaching and ministry in Bolivia, Brantford, Burch, Alvinston, Brooke-Enniskillen, Bothwell, and Clachan, before relocating to the Arkona area in 1973.

Cherished mother to Dennis (Jen) Wilson, John (Diane) Wilson, Beth (Ian) Lambie, Nial (Deb) Wilson and Marie (Ross) Teeple. Also remembered by Sharon Wilson. Beloved grandmother and great-grandmother to Mindy (Keith), Kent (Tara), Kyle (Lauren), Chris (Erica), Jenny (Scott), Cara (Stemon), Matthew (Chantel), Dara (Choo Yeung), David (Courtney), Krista (Arnault), Rhéa (Andrew), Eli, Luke (Emily), Hannah (Sean), Joline (Luke), Jordan (Tess), Amber, Ava, Clark, Bronte, Stella, Molly, Max, Mabel, Bennet, Evan, Patrick, Joyce, Oscar and Arthur.

Also lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Predeceased by her husband, Fred (1984), her parents, Dennis (1939) and Augusta (1987), two sisters Hazel (1972) and Irene (1984), and two infant brothers George Gilles and Dennis Keith.

Helen lived her life loving her God, her family, and all those around her. She looked for joy and shared kindness. She lived the last four decades of her life in the home that her grandmother purchased the year that Helen was born. In this house, “Grandma’s old house,” Helen loved visiting around her kitchen table and sharing her roast beef Sunday dinners with her children and grandchildren. In her nineties, she continued to be surrounded by faithful friends who took her to church, to Bible study, to coffee hour, and to her writers’ group. Helen was also thankful for her wonderful healthcare providers who cared for her at home until May of 2019 and for those who continued that wonderful care at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital and the Watford Quality Care Centre.

She remained interested in the lives of so many and cherished her special visits with family and friends throughout the years. Her life was immeasurably enriched by the love and hugs of the precious little ones in her life and she continually encouraged them and her entire family. She will be greatly missed.

A private interment service will take place at the Arkona Cemetery on Sunday, March 22, 2020. A memorial service for friends and family will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Arkona Baptist Church, Yonge Street Mission, and the Watford Quality Care Centre.

Arrangements are entrusted to Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King Street E., in Forest. 519-786-4964 Please share a memory or condolence online at

ARKONA BAPTIST CHURCH- 13 Church St, Arkona, ON N0M 1B0

WATFORD QUALITY CARE - 344 Victoria St, Watford, ON N0M 2S0
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Carolyn Woodburn

Posted at 08:20pm
I was a nuse who worked at Chateau Gardens in Parkhill and cared for your grandmother(Gussie-my Aunt Tillie visited her often)and I also cared for your Dad as well.You had a kind and gentle mother and you were well blessed to have such a nice mother and grandmother.I remember her with much fondness.Sincerely , Carolyn Woodburn


Posted at 11:40am
Our heartfelt sympathies to all the family on the passing of Aunt Helen. She was truly a one-of-a-kind lady. She was the perfect example of God's call to love one another. She will be greatly missed.
Craig & Anne Dunham

Terry & Cathy Syer

Posted at 10:54pm
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. We always thought Helen was such a lovely lady. She always had a smile on her face and a friendly word to say whenever we saw her at church. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Terry & Cathy Syer

Marjorie Emery

Posted at 07:12pm
Dear Aunt Helen;
What an honour to be your niece. You always greeted me with - how are you Dear... a familiar and joyful greeting. I have so many fond memories of days in Alvinston with Aunt Helen and Uncle Fred. Aunt Helen was the silent partner who calmed the waters and made us all feel so welcome. Aunt Helen loved us all as her own, and was truly interested in all of our adventures ! I was so fortunate to spend some time with her while she was last in hospital. She prayed to go home everyday. I am sure she is rejoicing now back with Uncle Fred ,Grandma York and her sisters. She left us wonderful memories to cherish, and will greatly be missed not only by family but by a very large community she gathered ! My thoughts and prayers are with Dennis, John,Beth.Nial and Marie and their families as you say good bye to a wonderful Mother/Grand mother.
Forever in my heart.. Love Marjorie

Connie Burns

Posted at 04:42pm
So lucky to have had the opportunity to meet such a beautiful person - wish we had a few more family gatherings to share. We know our Emily really valued her love and kindness and saw Helen as someone to really look up to. May the Holy Spirit hold you closely in give you great comfort. Love the Burns Family.

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