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Helen obituary photoHelen Mary Sisson

“When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

Kahlil Gibran

Suddenly, but not unexpectedly, Helen began her next adventure on Oct. 11, 2013 at the Victoria Hospital. Helen was born into a rich heritage May 20, 1915, on the family farm at Grassmere, Manitoba to Alexander S. and Lila Matheson.  She completed her elementary grades at Tecumseh rural school and went on to graduate from Stonewall Collegiate. She attended Winnipeg Normal School where she took the training which prepared her for her life work of stimulating, in others, the quest for knowledge and understanding – be that in a school, a church, the community or on controversial world issues.  As Mum recently wrote, “the philosophy of the Co-operative idea and movement became the Creed and most influential driving force of my life.” She dedicated her life to educating and was a crusader for justice and peace. She worked tirelessly and passionately in the struggle for equality between men and women. Mum took us all on this spiritual journey with her, challenging our thoughts and beliefs, guiding us to open our minds to other ways of connecting with “the Spirit”.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Ken, her parents, her sisters Ruth and Jean, her brothers Ross and Alex (Mildred); as well as her Sisson family, Tom and Maud Sisson, Madge and Johnny Johnston, Charlie Mack, Clarence and Maude Sisson.

Helen leaves to be grateful for her life, children Lesley and Dorland Brown and Paul and Janice Sisson.  As well, she leaves 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren with happy memories – including at her “Sisson’s Serendipity”. Helen also shared a special bond with her African family – Ade, Dercontee, Sweet and little Dercontee. She will also be missed by her sister Mona Rutherford and in-laws Scotty and Peggy Sisson, Dorothy Sisson, Beth Mack and many nieces and nephews. Helen’s circle of friends encompassed all ages and all walks of life – Helen never met a stranger. Helen enjoyed and sought to find connections between everyone she met. Helen’s enthusiasm for scrabble and canasta were surmounted only by her joy of laughter and the gathering of family and friends.

A remembrance gathering will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel at 2935 Pembina Highway.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Those wishing to do so may remember Helen through a gift to a charity of their choice.

“When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”

Marc Sanders and Tia Siller

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