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Helen Mcpetrie

September 13, 1927 - January 20, 2017


Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 20th at Sunridge Place in Duncan. Helen was born on September 13th 1927 in Alford, Scotland. She was predeceased by brothers Ron and Gordon, her husband Albert, and daughter Wendy. Helen grew up on her family’s farm and was an accomplished pianist, it was there she met a charming milkman making his rounds, she and Albert were married soon after on April 26th 1952 and emigrated to the Cowichan Valley a month later. They settled into the “Cooks Cottage” at Fairbridge farm for $14 a month. Helen and Albert welcomed their daughter Wendy in May of 1956 and their son Kevin two years later. Helen worked part time in the Real Estate business at many of the valleys offices as her family grew and moved into sales fulltime later in the 70’s where she enjoyed plenty of success and made many friends. Helen and Albert enjoyed a long and colorful retirement, they traveled annually back to Scotland and took many trips and cruises to exotic locations. Between their travel adventures, Helen enjoyed her Sunday outings with her pals searching up and down the Island for special treasures to collect, and as her extended family grew, she loved to entertain her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered for her wonderful smile and laugh, a kind and generous manner, and the only one who knew how to make proper Scottish oatmeal stuffing! She is survived and will always be dearly missed by her son Kevin (Darlene) grandchildren, Randy (Rachel) Steven (Erin) Nathan (Heidi) Michelle (Randy) Rachel, and eleven great grandchildren. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful caring staff at Sunridge Place. A celebration of life will be held at H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Center, 5285 Polkey Rd. in Duncan on February 25th at 2pm.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Vicki Janzen
Relation: My best friend Wendy's Mom

I shall miss her sunny smile and her great laugh. Wendy and I became friends in Grade 1 and I have a lifetime of wonderful memories of Helen. She sang beautifully while vacuuming and always set her breakfast table the night before. I am saddened that I will be away for the memorial service but am grateful that I shared many years of friendship with this special lady. Hugs to you and your family Kevin. The Spring will bring a time for you and I to share an afternoon of memories.

From: Darshan Dhut
Relation: Family friend

Kevin,I am so sorry to hear the loss of your mom.I will always remember her BIG smile and her laugh.She was always there for you and your family.She is now at peace with Albert & Wendy.
I will be away that weekend for the service but will be in touch.

From: Karen Bechtel (Neubauer)
Relation: Friend of Wendy

Hi Kevin, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom and Dad’s passing. They were very special people. I’ll always remember them fondly and with much love. I was friends with Wendy during elementary school and miss her still. May memories of good times shared with your Mom, Dad and Wendy help ease your sorrow and give you peace.

From: Christine Collins
Relation: Drove to hair apt's

the short time I knew Helen she was a kind ,gentle person. She had a big smile for me when ever I saw her .You can feel good Kevin, as Your Mon knew how much you loved her. She is in a better place now.
My thoughts are with you and your family.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 25, 2017
Beginning at 2:00am

HW Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey road
Duncan, BC Canada

5285 Polkey road
Duncan, BC Canada

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