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14 September 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Helen Wood

Earlier this week, I shared a post of why you don't want to wait until it's too late to start your family history. I mentioned the passing of Helen Wood who provided me with photos, documents, and a GEDCOM database to enrich my Zumstein family history. I was shocked to hear of her passing shortly after making contact with her. With her husband's permission, I'm sharing her obituary. I'm truly thankful that I was able to connect with Helen before it was too late.

Mary Helen Wood passed away peacefully on June 1, 2014, after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her loving family: husband John, son and daughter Glen and Janet, her brother Alan and his wife Deborah, and her grandchildren David and Gillian.

Mary Helen was born in Welland and brought up in Arvida. She lived and worked in England for several years before returning to Canada, where she worked for many years for Greening Donald in Hamilton. She later became an artisan working in stained glass,
and was also a realtor. In retirement she was an avid gardener, whose lovely flower gardens were often commented on and gave pleasure to many people. She was an amateur genealogist who contributed much to the Niagara branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Cremation has taken place. An informal gathering of family and friends to remember her will be held at her home on Sunday, June 8, from 1-4pm. If desired, contributions to the Juravinski Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family.
Thank you Helen for your contribution to the Genealogical Society and to my family's research.

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