Music. Art. Animals. And, above all, deep unwavering love of her family. These are the things that defined Helen Hanley.
She was born in 1922 â€“ the eldest daughter of Reverend R.A. Hanley and Laura Cairns Hanley and grew up in small towns across rural Manitoba. Hers was a blended family â€“ both parents were widowed with 6 children between them when they met – and together, they had 5 more. Helen was an accomplished pianist, even as a young girl. She came of age during the Second World War and joined the RCAF.
Following the war, she worked in clerical positions in several of Canadaâ€™s big banks, before joining the oil company, Chevron, in Edmonton. She transferred to Calgary with Chevron in the late 1960â€™s and was with them until her retirement in 1987.
Her work was never the centre of her life. Helen never married or had children of her own â€“ but she was a much beloved member of the families of her sisters and brothers. She and her youngest sister Margaret had a very special bond and Helen became an integral part of Margaret and Doug Lauchlanâ€™s family, our dear â€œAuntie Doeâ€.
She leaves behind Margaret and Dougâ€™s children, forever grateful for her lifelong love, care and companionship. Her niece Andrea Marantz (Josh), Sarah Szabo (Andrew), Noah Marantz (Lauren); nephew Michael Lauchlan (Marta) Mac and Kate, and nephew Scott Lauchlan (Anneisa), Natalie and Nigel.
She was the last of her generation in our family. We were all so lucky to have her with us for so long.
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Care Centre for their excellent care and friendship. A special thanks to Amy Beange for the caring companionship she offered Helen.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 10 at 11 a.m. at Piersonâ€™s Funeral Home 4121 â€“ 17 Avenue SE in Calgary. Cremation has taken place and internment will be at Edenbrook Memorial Gardens