Elsie (Helen) Gauthier, a long-time resident of Morrisburg and The Hartford, passed away peacefully at Ottawa General Hospital on Saturday October 27, 2012. She was in her 89th year.
Helen was born August 26, 1923, to Ida and William Dillabough on the family farm in Glen Becker, Ontario. The oldest of five children, Helen enjoyed her childhood. The farm gave her many happy memories of the close-knit family who worked and played together.
Many health challenges faced Helen in her early adult life and continued until she passed away. Early in her career, she lived and worked in Ottawa, then in Toronto and finally locally where she resided.
Helen met her late husband Jacques Gauthier of Timmins, in Toronto, and returned home to be married in 1948. Helen and Jacques had two daughters before she sadly became widowed in 1955.
Helen had an early love of music. She learned to play the accordion and organ, and she sang with her sister Jean at local functions.
A graduate from Gowlings Business College, Helen excelled in all her educational pursuits. Her parents were very proud of her achievements and her giving and conscientious way with others. Always ready to help, Helen brought much to her work life at the Bank of Montreal, a bank in Ottawa and a Mining Company in Toronto.
Her love of sewing is often spoken of by her siblings as she exhibited a great talent, often making her own clothes.
Helen is survived by her daughters Suzanne (Judy) Masdorp-Nasager of Wasaga Beach and Deborah (Debbie) Knowles of Toronto. She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Jean Casselman and Faye VanAllen both of Morrisburg; by her grandchildren Adrian Nasager (Toronto) and Lauren Knowles (Ottawa); and by her great-granddaughter Aurora.
She was predeceased by her husband Jacques and brothers Bernice and Ralph.
Visitation was at the Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg on October 30th, with services following at the grave site at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown on Tuesday, October 30, at 11:30 am. Internment followed.
Donations to a charity of choice will be gratefully acknowledged by family. Online condolences may be made at Parkerofmorrisburg.com