FORTIN, Helen Blanche Elenor
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June 10, 1920 - December 26, 2012
A proud Norwegian, she was born on the farm near Holden, Alberta to Edwin and Borghild Logan. She graduated from Holden High School, moved to Edmonton to train at Misericordia Hospital and graduated in 1943. She immediately joined the army and served in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver until the Allied victory. She returned to nursing in Edmonton and married Raoul Fortin in 1950 and begot two sons, Robert and Bryan. The family moved to Vancouver in 1954 and she continued her nursing career at St. Vincents Hospital and then joined the Vancouver Police Force in 1965 and continued nursing there until her retirement in 1980. She loved to entertain, had many friends and enjoyed a good party. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo and always had good luck. She was naturally environmentally responsible and volunteered for many a good cause. She loved to travel and saw many countries. She particularly loved her trips to Nelson. She was on the executive of the Army and Navy club for many years and always enjoyed the conventions. She was predeceased by brothers Elmer and Abner, husband Raoul and special friend Roy Tabbutt. Survived by sister Gladys, sons Robert and Bryan, grandson Ben (Arlene), granddaughter Samantha, great-granddaughter Abigail and many nieces and nephews. A private graveside ceremony will be held. Thanks to the staff at Maple Ridge Seniors Village and special thanks to Dr. Ivanov. "SKOL." Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.gardenhill.ca
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 5, 2013