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February 7, 1937 - August 7, 2018
Funeral Home Woodlawn Funeral Home, Cemetery, & Cremation
Helen Ileana Nenson, of Tumwater, WA., passed away on August 07, 2018, at the age of 81 years old. Helen leaves behind her surviving sister, Virginia (Bill) Murray, and brother, Alex Nenson, her sister-in-law, Lynn Nenson, and brother-in-law, John Harold, all of Regina, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Bucr (Ben) and Maria Nenson of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, as well as her sister Mary (John) Harold and brothers John (Marge), George (Maureen), Leo (Lynn), Bill (Kalena), Sam (Pat), Constantine, Benny (Veronica), and the Rev Fr. Daniel (Alice), as well as her nephew Tom Harold.
Helen was born in Ontario, raised in Saskatchewan, attended the University of Arizona at Tucson, earned a master’s degree, worked as a teacher and junior college counselor in both California and Washington State, and retired in Tumwater. She was particularly close to her longtime friends Gail Durkee and Susan (Gerald) Glendenning, as well as the Spiritual Sisters religious seekers group to which she belonged, all of whom kindly spent much time with her in her final days.
Helen loved writing music and poetry; was an accomplished board gamer; avidly followed the Mariners baseball and the Sea Hawks football teams; enjoyed making arts and craft gifts for her family and friends; was politically astute and active; loved working in her garden; and loved animals, leaving behind her beloved dog Skyla. Helen was the family historian, collecting and compiling stories beginning with her parents’ emigration from Romania to the Canadian Prairies in the early 1900’s. With the help of her 11 siblings, Helen chronicled the growth of the family as they settled. She was able to travel to Romania to meet extended family.
Helen’s friends are preparing a celebration of life ceremony in her memory in the month of September, in Tumwater, WA. Helen’s final resting place will be in Regina, Saskatchewan. The service will be held on September 6th at St. George Orthodox Church where her family will gather. She is now in a place of sweet repose where all sickness and sorrow, suffering and sighing have fled away. God grant her eternal life. Memory Eternal.