Helen Elizabeth White was born on August 12, 1932 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. She was the daughter of Frank and Katie Vegh and grew up in the Iona District. She attended school at the Iona School with her six siblings.
On August 8, 1953, Helen was married to Donald White of Moosomin. One child, a daughter named Susan, was born on January 1, 1956. Together, Don and Helen farmed their century family farm in the Cailmount District. During their years on the farm, they devoted an endless amount of time to their herd of cattle and their farmland. Helen would be seen running machinery, calving cows, delivering meals to the field, cleaning tractors and so much more. Her favorite job on the farm was swathing.
On top of all the farm work that needed to be done, Helen always had an enormous, flourishing garden and beautifully landscaped yard. She prepared numerous meals for her family, friends and neighbors, which were all prepared with love. Her basement was lined with shelves full of canning and she was especially known for her tasty marmalade and rhubarb relish!
Helen’s hobbies included knitting, crocheting, needle point, reading and dancing. Helen prepared many afghans, blankets, pillows, slippers, sweaters, fabric babies and more to give to loved ones she cherished. Together, Don and Helen enjoyed old time dancing with friends and neighbors. They have many memories playing games and visiting with their neighbors, who were their closest friends. They took pride in being helpful neighbors and as soon as they completed their harvest, they would head to the neighbors to help them finish theirs. Upon their retirement from the farm in 1983, Don and Helen spent many winters in Texas. They took many family holidays out west to spend time with family who resided there, and have memories of trips they went on with close family and friends.
Helen was a loving mother to Susan and together they have many fond memories of their numerous road trips they went on together. They spent a lot of time visiting Helen’s siblings, shopping, playing games together, cooking, baking and of course, gardening. Helen was the most supportive grandmother to her granddaughters Shauna and Leah. Shauna and Leah have an endless amount of memories with their Grandma. Being a great-grandmother meant the world to Helen. She had a special relationship with Ty, Maci, Jorja and Sutton, that so many people aspired to have. Helen was an involved and active great-grandma. She never missed an activity that her granddaughters and great-grandchildren were participating in. She spent countless hours attending kids’ hockey games, skating carnivals, gymkhanas, rodeos, public speaking competitions, Christmas concerts, curling games, 4-H achievement days, swimming lessons, etc.
Helen will always be remembered by her infectious smile and friendly greeting. She was always full of compassion, generously helping out her family and friends. Helen passed away peacefully on January 10, 2020 with her daughter, Susan and granddaughters, Shauna and Leah by her side.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Donald, parents Frank and Katie Vegh, brother Frank Vegh, sister Kathy (Steven) Lix and brother–in-law George (Iris) White.
Helen is survived by her daughter Susan Ferguson (Darrell Light), granddaughter Shauna Cutler (Jason McDougall) and children Ty and Maci, granddaughter Leah Stevens (Bobby Stevens) and children Jorja and Sutton, as well as her siblings Margaret (Keith), George (Bud), Jim and Mary (Marnie) and numerous nieces and nephews.
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