Helen spent her life in Calgary where she attended Ernest Manning High School. She had an exuberant personality and a zest for living evident in her love of cooking, music, dancing, singing, poetry and art. Once, on a visit to Montreal she attended an exhibition of impressionist painters where she was moved to tears by the beauty of the art on display. In her youth, she won an award for her poetry, participated in a walk-a-thon for charity, and put her life-long appreciation for flowers into creating floral arrangements for a flower shop. She had an enviable fearlessness, whether trying new foods, meeting new people, or jumping into a cold pond on a whim. Her taste in music ran the gamut, from religious psalms to rocking out to ACDC. In later years, even from the confines of her wheelchair, she would still shake a leg and pump her fist. The last song she "conducted" from her bed was the song Let It Go.
Helen’s health struggles began in 2010 with the sudden onset of a severe poly-arthritic condition. Although the treatment was effective, it came at a high cost to her immune system. Though she was frequently in pain and discomfort, her sense of humour would still prevail. She was always ready with a joke for visitors and caregivers. She defied the odds with her fierce will to live, and came back from near death countless times to the astonishment of her doctors. Her heart was, literally and metaphorically speaking, her strongest muscle. We love and remember her for her gentle nature, and for how she never forgot a kindness. She is survived by her brothers George and Nick, her sister Gina, as well as her many relatives in Greece, and in Calgary.
She will be dearly missed.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral service will be by invitation only.
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