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LOW, Helen (nee Sueko Kanashiro)

January 29, 1936 – Vancouver, British Columbia
June 7, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Helen was born in Vancouver, BC, on January 29, 1936 and died peacefully in Calgary on June 7, 2018, surrounded by those she loved.

Helen is survived by her loving husband of almost forty-two years, Alan Low, her cherished daughters, Jackie (Ron), Jodi (Jason) and Dawna (Stephen); son Richard; as well as her step-sons, Rod (Leslie) and Bruce (Wendy). Her pride and joy were her thirteen grandchildren and recently she was blessed with her first great-granddaughter. Helen is also survived by her brother Dick and sister Lorraine, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen was predeceased by her parents Yasutaro and Kami Kanashiro; beloved brothers and sisters, Ken, Jim, Jack, John, Yeiko and Fumi.

A private celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would also like to thank the nurses and doctors of the Peter Lougheed Centre who took such good care of Helen and helped to make a very difficult time just a little easier with their compassionate care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society, 5000 – 11 Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5, Telephone: (403) 253-2059,

This Buddhist passage exemplifies how Helen chose to live her life – we would all do well to follow in her footsteps:
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

In living memory of Helen Low, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Dear Alan and family,
    Please accept our families’ sincere condolences on the passing of your lovely Helen. She was a wonderful lady and such a good friend to our Dad and Mom, Al and Margaret Wright. She was always so friendly with everyone in our family. Take good care. Love from Al and Margaret Wright’s family ❤

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  2. Sherry Mikkelsen :

    To Alan, Jackie, Jodi, Dawna and Richard,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Helen. It has been quite awhile since I last stopped in for a visit at your new place near Crowchild Trail My fondest memories are when I lived across the alley from you in Cambrian Heights. Helen had a zest for life, she cherished her family and loved to spend long hours in the evening baking special treats for all of us to enjoy. Your family were truly the best neighbors. My condolences to you all. Embrace all your memories in this time of sorrow.
    Sherry Mikkelsen,(nee Wright) Longview, Alberta

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