Helen Jane Chipman
July 13, 1937 - May 15, 2021
Helen was born in Montreal to Herbert John (Jack) Taylor and Emily Gladys Taylor. She was the fourth of 5 children.
Helen married Donald Selby Chipman and had four children. They moved their family from Montreal, eventually settling permanently in Prince George in 1974.
Helen pursued a career as an administrative professional and fully retired at age 78. She was very proud to earn her Certified Professional Secretary achievement in 1994. Helen was a member of Toastmasters and the Yellowhead Rotary Club.
She grew to love Prince George and was a fierce advocate and promoter of the city to anyone that asked her about it. Helen took every opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community. She sat on numerous boards, including the Child Development Center and the Prince George Restaurant and Food Services Association. She was a past Director for the Prince George Community Foundation and past Chair of the Citizen of the Year. Helen looked forward to volunteering for the Spirit of the North Foundation Festival of Trees event every year. Further. Helen was a Director on the David Douglas Botanical Garden at UNBC. As a member of the Interior University Society, Helen was proud to be one of the 16,000 people that signed the petition to have the University built in Prince George.
As a fierce mama bear and advocate of her kids, Helen was always a proud and supportive mom, balancing running a house with 4 children, her work life, and maintaining a healthy eating and exercise lifestyle. She was fit and full of life right up until the end. She maintained her home until her stroke in January 2021.
Helen lived her life full of love, kindness, laughter, and quick wit. As a strong and fiercely independent woman, she lived it her way.
Mom, you were our role model, our rock, our champion, and our best friend. Thank you.
Helen is pre-deceased by mother Emily, father Herbert (Jack), siblings Gladys, Doreen (Renee), John (Sonny), and husband Donald. She is survived by her brother Victor, and her children: Vicky, Lori and Gary, Scott and Desa, Kellie and Dan; and her 12 grandchildren: Trisha, Wes, Recene, Steven, Andrea, Johnny, Jared, Chad, Zachary, Aaron, Carly, and Sean.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prince George Hospice Society.
Published in The Prince George Citizen from May 17 to May 27, 2021.