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MARSH, Helen Lizabeth (nee Gripping)

January 16, 1950 –Aarhus, Denmark
May 17, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Helen Lizabeth Marsh (nee Gripping) on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Helen Lizabeth, born Aarhus, Denmark in January 1950, immigrated with her family to Canada at age 7. Mom was a single parent who raised two children while attending college full time, studying both nursing and social work. After graduation, she went on to work for many years at Aunts at Large. She also raised and showed pure bred champion Shih-Tzus for many years. Later, Mom met Ray Henry and over their 20 years together, they travelled and built a successful business at the Cross Roads Farmers Market.

Helen is survived by her children Shon Marsh (Susan) and Lisa Conibear (Trevor) as well as her grand children Logan Marsh and Madison, Delainy and Carson Conibear. She is also survived by her father Neils Gripping, brother Rene Gripping, and long time partner Ray Henry. She was predeceased by her mother Helga Gripping and sister Karin Bach.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Helen Marsh, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Sally Scabar & Tom Murdock :

    Grief is such a personal thing, and I almost feel that anything we could say to you the family, and my brother Raymond at this difficult time will sound trivial and meaningless in light of what you’re going through now. But my heart tells me that it’s important to let you know how deeply we care, and would give anything to be able to help to take away your sorrow. Helen was such a big part of all of our lives. she will be sadly missed . Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen’s family and to our loving brother Raymond. So if there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to ask, we are here for you now and always in any way you need. May she rest in peace.

    Deepest Sympathy
    Love your sister Sally & Tom

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  2. heidi kirst lemmon :

    Hi Shon and Lisa, You probably don’t remember me but I was friends with your mom in school and until I left Canada for USA in 1978. I stayed with you for a while in the 70’s when Lisa was a baby but then we lost touch. I am so glad to hear she went back to school and made a good life for all of you. She was a strong woman for sure, great sense of humor too!
    My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Helen was a good friend.
    much love

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  3. charlene harron :

    Ray & Helens Family
    So sorry to hear the sad news today that Helen has passed. May you find comfort in your memories in the difficult days ahead.
    R.I.P Helen <3<3<3
    Charlene Harron

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  4. kieth and brenda young :

    Ray and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. In this time of sadness just remember our prayers and thoughts are with you. Take care.

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  5. Wayne & Jill Kunkel :

    Ray & Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Helen. We cannot begin to know what you are going through or feel how heavy your heart is at this time. We are with you, in your thoughts and our prayers. We love you Ray. Keep pushing forward and never give up.

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