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STEVENS, Helen Magdalene

April 10, 1918 – Regina, SK
December 6, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Helen Stevens beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, went to be with her Savior, Friday, December 6, 2014 at the age of 96 years.

Helen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan April 10, 1918, the third of four children to be born to John and Gertrude Koepke. Her mother died when Helen was a young teenager, resulting in the children becoming very reliant on each other to help their dad bring up the four of them. Helen met her husband Charley Stevens in her teens, and they were married following Charley’s service in WWII. In the early 1950’s, Helen, Charley and their new son Brian moved to Calgary. While living in Regina, Helen became actively involved in the Salvation Army, singing with a group that performed on a radio program supported by their local church. Her involvement in the Salvation Army continued in Calgary at the Calgary Citadel (now Glenmore Temple), teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, as well as leading the Home League. Her organizational skills were used to help coordinate the Charity Bazaar at Chinook Centre, as well as the Red Shield Campaign held every May. She found time once a week to visit various nursing homes, talking with and listening to the residents she came in contact with. When her grandchildren came along, she delighted in spending time with them, always there to babysit when needed.

Helen is survived by her sister-in-law Gwen Weir of Langley, BC; her son and daughter-in-law Brian and Diana Stevens of DeWinton, AB; her daughter and son-in-law Charlene and Glen Jolliffe of Kaleden, BC; as well as her grandchildren, Andrew, Julie (Jake), Karen (Dan), Steve (Stacey), Cathy (Matt) and Andrea (Hector); and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents John and Gertrude Koepke; her husband, Charley Stevens; brothers Stan and Barth Koepke; and sister Margaret Rea.

A poem quoted by Helen as a teenager: “Christ is my Savior, King and Guide, He means so much to me. A constant Friend, close by my side, a living bright reality. Words can’t express the joy I find in living day by day, doing my best to help mankind, in my own simple way” reflects our mother’s living testimony.

A Celebration of Helen’s Life will be held at the Salvation Army Glenmore Temple (921 – 68 Avenue S.W.) on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. immediately followed by an opportunity to visit with the family. Please forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made directly to the Salvation Army Glenmore Temple, 921 – 68 Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2V 0N7.

In living memory of Helen Stevens, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Wilma & Barrie Clark :

    Brian and all the families,
    We are both saddened to read Mum’s passing in the paper. We both have good memories of both your Mum and Dad at many Pancanadian functions. She certainly lived a good long life.
    Barrie also remembers you from Pancanadian days. Although we are unable to attend the service on Monday just know that we remember her and will be thinking all of you.
    Deepest Sympathy, Barrie and Wilma

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  2. Denise & Wayne Chaulk :

    Dear Brian & Diana, Charlene & Glen:
    We received news of your mom’s “Promotion to Glory” recently and wanted to pass on our condolences to you and your families. Your mom and dad were such a blessing to us both as “newbies” to Calgary and Glenmore Temple many years’ ago and we will never forget your mum’s kind and gentle spirit.

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