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ROSS Helen Ruth (nee White). August 23, 1930 – July 25, 2012. Helen Ruth Ross passed away peacefully in her 82nd

year with her family at her bedside on July 25, 2012 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Helen was born in White

Rock, BC on August 23, 1930 to John and Eva (Thomson) White. After Helen’s

birth the family returned to Mt. Lehman and lived on Olund Road. After Eva’s death when Helen was just two years old John and his three young daughters moved back to the White family homestead

on White Road (now Townline) where Helen’s grandparents Edmund and

Elizabeth White helped raise the girls. Helen and older sister Bev also lived for a while with their Uncle Edmund

and Aunt Annie White whose farm was part of the original homestead. Helen attended elementary school in Matsqui

Village, was honoured to be crowned May Queen in Abbotsford in 1944 and

graduated from Philip Sheffield High School in 1948. She married her high school sweetheart Robert Ross in

1949 and they built a new house on Marshall Road. This would be their home for more than 60 years. Helen was a wonderful mother to six children and a loving and devoted wife. She is survived and sadly missed by her husband of 62 years Bob Ross, daughters

Marilyn (Harvey) Goodwin, Elaine (Hans) Visser, Donna (Robert) Simpson, Shirley

(Ken) Jansen and son Darrell (Ruth) Ross. Helen will also be missed by her grandchildren Michelle (Mike) Appeldoorn, Mark (Kara) Goodwin,

Denise (Brad) Blades, Tiffany (Ryan) Biela, Wendy Dombrowski, Sheldon (Michelle)Visser, Darren (Amanda)

Simpson, Kirk (Sheena) Jansen, Ryan and Clayton Ross and great grandchildren

Kurtis, Tyson, Krystal and Allison Appeldoorn, Wyatt Goodwin, Brayden and

Cole Blades, Keegan and Linley

Biela, Shaelee and Chase Dombrowski, Blake Simpson, Preston and Alianna Jansen. Helen is also survived by her

sister Bev (Phil) Evans, nephews

Greg (Hope) Johnson, Jeff (Linda) Johnson, niece Diane (Pat) Miki, nephew

Jack (Lynda) Thompson, sister-in-law June Ross and many nieces, nephews and

extended family in the Ross, Thompson, Masse, Gibb, Thomson and Chevalley

families. Helen was predeceased by

her eldest child Dennis Ross in 2011, sister and brother-in-law June and Dave

Thompson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Sonny Johnson, Walter and Fae

Ross, Delores and Al Masse and Wayne Ross. Mom devoted her life to the care of her family and her home. Her children will remember coming home after

school to fresh baked cookies and brownies. She passed on her talents for knitting and sewing and was always

available to help out with

babysitting as the grandchildren

came along. Helen enjoyed summer vacations at the ocean in Birch Bay, as well as camping and motorhome trips.

Helen was a long time member of the Canadian Order of Foresters and enjoyed the friendships she made in the

group. Helen’s grandparents, the

Whites, McCallums, and Thomsons were early pioneers in the Mt. Lehman area

and she became interested in genealogy when putting together family histories for some locally written books. The family would like to thank the paramedics, doctors and staff at Abbotsford Regional Hospital for the

wonderful care our mother received. We are especially thankful to the nurses on

Baker 3W Surgical and Baker 2W Medical wards for the extra care and compassion

shown to the family during this difficult time. A celebration of Helen’s life will be held on Sunday, August 12th, 2-4 P.M. at The Rancho, 35110 Delair Road, Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huntington Society of Canada, 151 Frederick Street, Suite 400, Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 2M2.

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