April 8, 1941 - October 20, 2023
Helen Won passed away at Cairnsmore Place on Friday, October 20, 2023 at the age of 82 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Steve and wife Vanessa; and grandchildren: Isabelle and Olivia. She will also be dearly missed by brothers: Stanley and wife Jessie Lui, Henley Lui, Tom and wife Hilda Lui; sisters: Tang Lui Wai King, Wong Lui Wai Ling, Esther Lee as well as her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Frank and son, Darryl.
Helen was born in Hong Kong the 4th of 9 children. She immigrated to Canada in 1964 where she married Frank. They settled in Duncan and had two sons, Darryl born in 1965 and Steven born in 1972. She devoted her life to her family and friends. She held many roles in the family, doctor/nurse, chef, baker, seamstress, barber, farmer and many more. Whenever visitors were in Helen's Kitchen they knew they would be instore for a delicious meal or baked treats. You would always find Helen in the yard during the summer tending to her garden and fruit trees. Her garden would produce the tastiest vegetables and fruits which she was always willing to share. She was very skilled at taking any fruits and vegetables that were left over so they could be canned, fruits made into jams or frozen to be eaten later. There was never any waste. Helen was also a talented seamstress. She made clothes for herself and several family members. On one occasion she also sewed bridesmaids dresses for a bridal party.
The one thing that brought Helen true joy were her granddaughters. She took care of them when her daughter in law returned to work. She spent countless days taking care of them during that time and later when they started school, after school was spent at grandma's. There are countless stories of the delicious lunches and snacks that Ma made for her monkeys. Helen could also be seen around Duncan pulling her trolley to Superstore looking for bargains and ingredients for her next meals. At times she would have her granddaughters in tow and it was a crew that couldn't be missed. Although small in stature, Helen was mighty. She battled until the very end. Helen's boundless energy and spirit will sorely be missed.
Ma we all love you and miss you.
Memorial Donations in honour of Helen may be made directly at the Cowichan Hospice House, https://cowichanhospice.org/.