It is with heartfelt sadness and fond memories that the children of Helen Walkley announce her passing on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the FW Green Home.
Helen was born on October 6, 1928 in Coalhurst, AB. She moved with her family to Cranbrook in 1946 and worked for Frame’s Bakery. Soon after she met and fell in love with Jack, they married in May 1948 and together they raised 5 children. Helen worked alongside her husband in the family business Walkley’s Cranbrook Meat Market. Helen was a community volunteer, she was active in the PTA at Amy Woodland, Girl Guides, the United Church Children Choir, and was a Senior Fitness Ambassador for the City of Cranbrook, and Hospital Auxiliary for 25+ years. Her love of life kept her actively involved in fitness, gardening, church and reading.
Helen loved her family dearly, she always took time for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and each were very special to her. Helen was a loving and caring person who will be remembered forever in the hearts by everyone whose lives she touched.
Helen is survived by her son Jack (Ildi) Walkley and their sons Jacob and Ben; daughter Carolyne (Dale) Jacklin of Kelowna, and their sons Chris (Jody), Colin (Glory), James (Holly) and Jordan (Malori); son Tom (Joan) Walkley and their children Shannon (Aaron) and Darren (Karen); daughter Diane (Phil) Butz and their children Jason (Leah), Robert and Melissa; and daughter Sandra (Jess) Davis and their children Lukas and Alanna; and thirteen great grandchildren. Helen is also survived by her brothers James Sherret, Gordon (Lorraine) Sherret; Carol (Norman) Redigar of SK, and Gwen Wills; many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Helen was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Jack Robert Walkley in 2001, her parents Andrew and Margaret Sherret, brothers John, Charles, Cecil and David Sherret, and sisters Hazel Scotter and Velda Desrosiers.
The family would like to thank the FW Green Home staff for wonderful care they provided Mom during her stay there. Their attentive and caring manner will never be forgotten.
A memorial service for Helen will be held at the Cranbrook United Church at 11:00 am Friday, November 14, 2014 with Reverend Frank Lewis officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the: Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Okanagan/Kootenays Area Office, #4, 1551 – Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9M9, or the: Canadian Diabetes Association, PO Box 12013, Stn BRM B, Toronto, Ontario, M7Y 2L3.