Helen Ethel Fallis
1955 - 2016
It is with great sadness that we mourn the sudden passing of our beloved wife, mother, nana, sister, and aunt Helen Ethel Fallis, on October 18, 2016, at the age of 61. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Blaine, son Brad (Marie) and two grandchildren Ethan and Jacob, sister Verla (Chris), in-laws Joan (Ron), and Garry (Karen), along with all of their children and grandchildren and Helen’s close friends.
Helen was born to Ross and Ellen Cavers on June 10, 1955 in Brandon, Manitoba. Helen spent the first part of her life in Lauder, Manitoba, where she attended a two-room school house. In 1970, her family moved to a farm south of Souris and Helen finished her schooling there. At Souris Collegiate, Helen met her future husband, Blaine Fallis. In high school, Helen and Blaine played many sports, such as baseball and curling and spent much time curling together in mixed bonspiels.
After high school, Helen went on to the RN nursing program in Brandon and graduated in 1975. After Blaine and Helen were married in 1976, they moved to Souris to take over the Fallis family farm and Helen began her nursing career at the Souris Hospital. Helen spent 32 years nursing, showing great patience and compassion for the patients in her care. In particular, she took pride in being able to provide comfort for those in palliative care, helping patients and their families at a difficult time. After retiring from the Souris Hospital, Helen did casual work at Valleyview Personal Care Home and Victoria Landing before fully retiring in 2015.
Helen was actively involved in sports throughout her life. When she was younger, Helen enjoyed playing slow-pitch in various leagues. Curling was always a passion of Helen’s, as she played competitively for many years, going to provincials and attending many bonspiels around the province. Later on, Helen became an avid golfer. Most recently, Helen loved her Tuesday golf with the senior ladies and the evening league with the ‘younger’ crew. In curling, Helen was involved with organizing bonspiels and in golf she helped out with fundraising and planting flowers on the course.
Helen also enjoyed gardening and liked to grow wildflowers and tomatoes in front of the house at the farm.
Helen loved her family. She was especially fond of her two grandsons, Ethan and Jacob. She regularly drove to Winnipeg to help look after the boys and take them on adventures in the city. Helen took great joy in showing pictures, and sharing stories, of the boys with her friends, which always brought a smile to her face.
Helen will be remembered for her gentle spirit, kind heart and warm smile. She will be greatly missed by family, friends, and community. In memory of Helen, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Souris Hospital, or the Souris and Glenwood Golf Course.