Helen Nelson Duncan Lappage (1923 - 2014)

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LAPPAGE, Helen Nelson Duncan (nee McGregor) died on April 12, 2014 at Duncan, BC in her 91st year. She left behind five children: Muriel Cienciala (Heinz), Sidney, BC; Marian Cline (Jay), North Carolina; Anthony (Tony) Kant (Morag), Duncan; Frances Christine O'Brien (Timothy), Geelong, Australia; and Robert Edward Kant, Lake Cowichan, BC.

Born on Dec 22, 1923 in Dundee, Scotland, Helen immigrated to Canada in 1958. She boarded the Empress of Britan at Greenock, with five children in tow, to join her husband, already in Canada. They settled in a rural area near Belleville, Ont., then later in Windsor, Ont., where Helen worked in the automotive industry, raised her family and later did volunteer work at a downtown soup kitchen.

In her retirement, Helen moved to the West Coast to join family in 1992. She spent 10 years in Sidney and moved to the Cowichan Valley in 2002. She was a long-term resident of Duncan Manor who made fast friends among the residents and staff. She was proud of her Scottish heritage and despite a life-long aversion to spirits, was often found to be the life of any get-together.

She will be missed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in Australia, North Carolina, Michigan and Vancouver Island. She will be especially missed by her daughter-in-law, Morag McDougall Gilchrist, whose love and devotion to Helen's wellbeing was always foremost. Helen outlived two husbands: Antoni Waclaw Kant, a member of the Polish Free Forces attached to the British Army, and the father of her five children; and her second husband, James Lappage, also of Scotland whom she married in Windsor, Ont.

Helen was one of four children born to James McGregor of Lochee, Scotland and Grahamina Moor McGregor (nee Miller) of Darrow, County Down, England. Her two brothers, James (Jim) McGregor and Angus (Mac) McGregor spent their lives in Dundee, Scotland. Her sister, Elizabeth (Bette) McGregor moved south to England in her early years.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at the Duncan Manor, 280 First St., Duncan, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined but donations in her name to the Duncan Manor Social Fund, payable to the Duncan Housing Society, 280 First St., Duncan, BC, V9L 4T3 would be much appreciated.
Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Apr. 18 to May 17, 2014
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