May 22, 1927 - August 12, 2018
Helen was born in Emerson, Manitoba to the late William and Pauline Duik, and was the fourth of five daughters. Helen was always proud of her Manitoba upbringing. She met her husband Lloyd in Emerson as a result of his job transfer from NB with bank of Nova Scotia. They were married in 1948 and eventually had two sons. In 1951, Lloyd accepted a transfer to Minto, NB, where they were warmly adopted by the community and maintained lifelong friendships. Lloyd was transferred again in 1953 to Fredericton where they had three more children.
Helen was very active in Gibson Memorial United Church and the UCW. She was a Brownie leader, volunteered with the Immigrant Society, the Fredericton soup kitchen and had 35 years with the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital Auxiliary, for which she received a plaque in 2014. A highlight of her time as Auxiliary President was meeting Prince Charles. Another passion of Helen’s was traveling and touring, which she did extensively throughout Canada and the US as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Caribbean and Mexico. Her last trip was at the age of 87 to visit her son and daughter-in-law Reid and Claire in Ireland.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Lloyd; son David and sisters Anne, Mary and Kathleen. She is survived by her children Reid (Claire Nagle), Brian (Paula Healey), Laurel (Ron Stanger) and Ken (Sue Blanchard); daughter-in-law Alexandra Milburn; grandchildren Liam (Heather) and Seonead (Nick Zajac) Milburn, Vinny, Alex and Ian Milburn, Jenn (Harley Varty) and Colin (Kasia Olechno) Stanger, Georgie Milburn; great -grandchildren Evan and Rileigh Zajac as well as a sister Olga Skinner.
The family would like to thank the staff at the DECH, and to her many friends for their love and support.
A service will be held at Gibson Memorial United Church on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 1 pm. A private interment will be held at a later date at the Fredericton Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Gibson Memorial United Church or the DECH Auxiliary.