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Helen Blake

Helen Blake (Parslow)

Saturday, March 3rd, 1923 - Friday, February 14th, 2020
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Obituary

At her home, the St Lawrence Lodge, with family at her side, Helen passed away in the afternoon of February 14, 2020 in her 97th year. Born on March 3, 1923 to Mabel and Horton Parslow, Helen was the second of five children growing up on the family farm on the Parslow Road near Lyn. She married her beloved soldier husband Edward Blake of Jellyby, who predeceased her in 2017, and began a nomadic military family life, eventually returning home to Brockville in their retirement.

Helen will be deeply missed by her children, Donna (Ian), Bob (Gail), her grandson Mark (Mary) and her one surviving sister, Mildred Clow. She also leaves her brother in law, Allan Blake. Aunt Helen is fondly remembered by her many Blake and Parslow nieces and nephews. Her cherished grandson Timothy Edward Winter predeceased Helen in 2013.

A consummate homemaker, skilled seamstress, maker of quilts, knitter, baker of cinnamon buns and pies, indispensable school secretary, unflappable organizer, lover of red flower gardens, Mom was an energetic woman with a strong work ethic who managed the challenges and the joys of living on the move as an army family. In her retirement years when our parents returned to the Brockville area, she especially enjoyed spending time with her siblings and their families.

Mom’s later years were difficult as her health and ability to get around diminished. Her pleasures were few but her spirit to keep going was strong. We will miss her.

Helen’s family is grateful to the staff of the St Lawrence Lodge for their care and compassion over the last few years.

A brief visitation followed by the funeral service will occur at 11am on Saturday, February 22 at Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James St., Brockville. Interment at Oakland Cemetery will follow. There will be a reception at The Brockville Golf and Country Club, 1548 King St W immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made, with appreciation, to St Paul’s Anglican Church, Brockville, St Lawrence Lodge or a charity of your choice.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    Address
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
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    Officiant
    Rev. Lynn Dillabough
  • Interment

    Location
    Oakland Cemetery
    Address
    1524 County Road 2 West
    Brockville, Ontario K6V 5T3
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  • Reception

    Location
    Brockville Country Club
    Address
    1548 Highway 2 West
    BROCKVILLE, ON K6V 5T7
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John Sharpe

Posted at 02:30pm
Sharon and I send our deepest condolences to your family.
I am so sorry I could not attend the wake and the reception,
as we had an appointment in Kingston (MRI).
I will be making a donation to St. Paul's Church in her memory
John and Sharon Sharpe
LB

Lynne Blake

Posted at 02:10pm
Dear Bob and Donna:

I am sorry that I was unable to attend your Mother's funeral today.
She was a very loving and passionate person, who was a great support to my brother during their long and eventful marriage.
She was always so kind to our family.
It is always difficult to lose a loved one, however her late years had not been kind to her.
I close with my deepest sympathy, much love and fond remembrances.
Sincerely; Allan Blake

Katie Marie

Posted at 07:17pm
I have many fond memories of great aunt Helen. I was a lover of stuffed animals as a child and thought she was the coolest 'big person' for having a gigantic collection of teddy bears. I still have the one she gifted to me and he will stay happily on my bed for years to come, reminding me of the fond memories of great aunt Helen. Both her and Mancel were always encouraging through my many years of school and the kind notes were always valued. The Parslow family certainly has lost a great member, but her memories will live on in our hearts forever.
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Brian Friesen

Posted at 10:11pm
Aunt Helen was a great support to our family over the years and also great fun. She had beautiful gardens and fantastic knitting and crocheting. Our kids remember her as the teddy bear aunt because of her extensive collection of teddy bears. Aunt Helen and Uncle Mansell had a great sense of humour and they were especially helpful when my mother (Dorothy) was ill. They were always interested in what we were doing and really enjoyed talking about what they were doing. Thank you for the memories.
Love,
Brian and Janet Friesen

Rod Clow

Posted at 05:51pm
Aunt Helen will be sadly missed. Always welcoming with her door open, I spent many weekends staying at their Nieler Crescent home in Etobicoke in the late nineteen seventies. She will always remain my favourite aunt. Love always, Rod Clow
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