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Dickson, Helen (née Elliott) (Died)
appeared in Woodstock Sentinel, 16 Sep 2022
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DICKSON, Helen (Elliott) (1931-2022) at Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa, Ontario, September 9, 2022 at the age of 91. Survived and greatly loved by her son Roderick of Toronto, her daughter Kathryn of Ottawa, her daughter Leslie and husband Stephen Owens of Ottawa, and by her grandsons Tyler Owens of Ottawa and Devin Owens of Toronto. Helen is predeceased by her husband W. Leslie Dickson, her parents George & Winnifred Elliott, her sister Margaret and husband Ralph Ross, and her sister Dorothy and husband William Reid. Helen is also predeceased by her second husband Jasper Pierce. Helen had a special place in her heart for Jasper's family and for her many nieces and nephews, and their children.

Helen's long life saw her inhabit many roles. Teacher, apple farmer, avid bridge player, lifelong Blue Jays fan, lawn bowling shark, school board chair, hospital board chair, travel enthusiast, and devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt. She brought her energy, drive, conviction, and heart to every one of her roles.

Helen was born in Kenilworth, Ontario and met her husband Les on a blind date when she was a newly graduated teacher. They married in 1955 and lived on Les's farm in Burgessville, Ontario. She taught kindergarten in Woodstock until they had their 3 children. She then spent a lot of time driving to various sports and activities, always cheering them on, even when it was hopeless. Helen was a believer in community service; she was a respected trustee and then chairperson of the Oxford County School Board, as well as a devoted member and chairperson of the Woodstock Hospital board. Knowing so many people in Oxford County, she worked for some years for the court system finding jobs for the juvenile offenders given community service sentences. Helen was a faithful member of the United Church and a member of congregations in Burgessville, Woodstock, and Mayfield in Caledon.

Helen loved to travel and when she could combine it with her favourite activities, even better! Helen curled in Scotland, lawn bowled in Australia, Florida, and Alberta, and did both closer to home at the Norwich Curling Club and the Norwich and Woodstock Lawn Bowling clubs. In the winters she travelled to Florida to bowl at the Clearwater Lawn Bowling Club, and to watch her Blue Jays team during spring training. It was there that she met her second husband Jasper (Jab) who shared her love of lawn bowls and travel.

She was a proud and doting grandmother to her twin grandsons Tyler and Devin, taking them on trips each summer and giving them wonderful childhood memories. When they were small she promised them that she would take them somewhere special when they graduated from grade 8, and when they chose Greece as the destination she didn't hesitate for a moment. She took them with her to Greece and on a cruise of the Mediterranean. Helen joined the family on walks through Ephesus, Rome, and other destinations; everyone agreed it was one of the best trips they had been on. Helen taught her grandsons jam making, golfing (persevering despite their conspicuous lack of talent), strategy through bridge and other cards games, and many other important life skills. Her quince jelly was agreed by all to be particularly delicious, and her family intends to recreate the recipe someday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, Alzheimer's Society, or any charity of choice.

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Dickson, Helen (née Elliott) (Died)