CAMPBELL CHRISTIANSEN, Helen Louise(nee Corzette)
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Died peacefully on April 23, 2012. Helen gave strict instructions to not publish her age in her obituary, but decided that stating her date of birth, April 24, 1921, would be permitted. She died on the eve of her birthday. What perfect symmetry. Helen is survived by many who loved her, including her daughters Susan Campbell (Reggy Couillard) of West Vancouver, and Sally Campbell (Michael McNamara) of Hornby Island, grandsons Scott and Gavin Mather, both of Victoria, cousin Graham Weeks (Judy) of Toronto, nephews John and Steve (Christine) Corzette, of Colorado, and former son- in-law Allan Mather, of Salt Spring Island. Living to such a ripe old age, she was predeceased by many who loved her: her first love and father of her children, John Scott (Jack) Campbell, whom she married at age nineteen; their enduring love long survived their divorce; her beloved brother Jack Corzette and dear friend/sister-in-law, Grace Nordlund Corzette; her autumn love and husband, H.P. (Chris) Christiansen; and her fond companion after she returned to Vancouver in 1986, Doug Gillingham. Born at Grace Hospital in Vancouver, Hellie and her brother grew up assisting their mother, Belle Graham, in the care of their bed- ridden grandmother, Sophie Graham, in a loving household inhabited as well by four bachelor uncles, owners of Graham Electric. This early foundation taught Hellie compassion, service, and non-judgemental acceptance of others. She was practical and fun-loving, with a personal magnetism that drew people to her. Hellie was known for her great generosity and warmth. A creative cook and homemaker, she also worked for many years in the family business, Campbell Studios, and unbenounced to the professionals, became a good photographer, later running her own department store photo studio in Houston, Texas. Aside from her family and friends, Helen's greatest joy was music, and her amazing repertoire of old songs and her beautiful harmonies will always be with us. Her family wishes to thank the many dedicated staff and doctors at Inglewood Care Centre who tenderly cared for her in her last years. We will always remember with gratitude their humanity and respect for the dignity of each of their patients. The family will host a gathering to honour Helen's life in later spring.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 27, 2012