The family of Helen Thompson, age 93, is saddened to announce her passing on January 18, 2018 at Cypress House, Swift Current, SK. Helen was born on August 24, 1924 to Blake & Lilah Smith on the family farm at Sanctuary, SK. Helen enjoyed playing ball, tennis, and track and field — winning red ribbons for her racing abilities. She worked at the store in Sanctuary, after her High School graduation she attended Teacher’s College in Saskatoon, SK. After graduation, she began teaching in East Gap. Helen met Bill Thompson, and they were married on her parent’s farm on August 1, 1947. They lived and farmed the Thompson farm. Bill & Helen loved dancing, playing cards, and enjoyed taking vacations in their motor home with their friends and family. Helen taught Sunday School for more than ten years, and was a secretary for the Sanctuary Community Club for twelve years. She was a secretary of the Eastern Star for over twenty-five years, and a member for over fifty. Helen loved to sew, crochet, make quilts, and made many crafts for her family. She grew a huge garden every year, but especially enjoyed all her flowers. She loved genealogy, and made a family history book and a cook book. Helen moved to Cypress House on September 10, 2014 where she lived until her passing.
Helen was predeceased by husband, Bill Thompson; her brothers, Jack (Ruby) Smith and Ivan (Alma) Smith; her sisters-in-law, Mary (Arnold) Opsahl and Joyce Smith; and by her nephew, Gary Denning. Helen is survived by her children, Sherrill (Tom) Tomlinson and Calvin (Betty) Thompson; her grandchildren, Steven (Chantal) Thompson, Lori (Preston) Schnellert, Jennifer (Josh) White, and Bret (Chanel) Thompson; her great-grandchildren, Nixon and Sloane Schnellert, Maslin White, and Asher, Eva-Olaya, and Mercy Thompson.
Helen’s family would like to thank the management and staff of Cypress House for the great care she received while living there.
At Helen’s request, there will be a graveside service in Elrose, SK at a later date. In memory of Helen Thompson, donations made to the Kyle & Area Museum (cheques can be made out to the Town of Kyle, Box 520, Kyle, SK, S0L 1T0) would be appreciated by the family.