Good, Helen Melrose

Helen Melrose Good (nee Fraser) died peacefully with her family at her side in the Souris Personal Care Home on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at the age of 97.  She was born on a farm just north of Souris on October 3rd, 1916 to William and Lillian Fraser.  Helen leaves behind her two children, Bill (Deb) and Barb (Ken), six grandchildren, Barry(Laura) Craig, Derek(Stephanie) Chris(Denika) Lindsay(Jonathan) Glenn and six great-grandchildren, Braeden, Josh, Cash, Emersyn,Beckhem, and Kennedy.  Helen was the eldest of eight siblings.  She is survived by her brothers, Ross and Jack, her sister Jean, her sister-in-laws Ellen and Janice, Good in-laws, Jim, Vivian and Phylis and many nieces and nephews.  Helen was predeceased by an infant son, Guy Benjamin, in 1947, and by her loving husband, Bill, in 1996. Helen was born in the middle of the First World War and grew up during the difficult times of the depression.  She worked hard on her family farm delivering milk, while also taking care of her younger siblings.  She was the matriarch of the Fraser family. She met Bill at an Air Force dance at the Souris base during the Second World War.  They married on June 18th, 1945 at the end of the war and set off in search of work.  Helen and Bill made various stops before returning to Souris in 1954 to settle on their own farm. Helen lived a full and blessed life.  She enjoyed staying highly involved with her family and friends, even in her final days.  She was an active member in the community of Souris as a member of the UCW, Souris Curling Club, and as a hard-working employee of various local businesses in her younger years.  She was also an extremely dedicated farm wife and could often be found driving the grain truck and taking meals out to the field.  She loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers.  Helen was a very good cook and baker, always making homemade specialties to share with her family. She will be remembered for her wonderful homemade buns right out of the oven. Helen loved to keep up-to-date with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She often travelled to cheer on her family in various sporting and musical events.  She was always worrying about her grandchildren, and was always there to provide them with advice, support, and encouragement whenever they needed it. Helen and Bill enjoyed travelling together during their retirement.  They had many marvelous bus tours to the USA.  They also loved spending time with their dear friends, the Unraus.  The foursome got together often for a visit on the weekends. In her final years, Helen enjoyed living at the Personal Care Home and attending many of the events put on there.  She never missed a musical performance or an ice-cream sundae! Helen will be sadly missed by her family and friends, but she will never be forgotten.  During her lifetime, Helen passed on all of her values, stories, and wonderful memories to her family and they will continue to think of her with the highest regard.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” (Dr. Seuss)

4 thoughts on “Good, Helen Melrose”

  1. Bill and Barb and families,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Dean and Donna(Kelesnik) Couvier
    Cic Kelesnik
    Fred and Sharon Kelesnik

  2. Dear Bill, Barb and families,
    We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing and Jim, especially, will miss there once a year phone chats on her birthday. We will be thinking of you Monday, will be there in spirit.

  3. Dear Bill, Barb and families,
    We were sorry to learn of Helen’s death. She was a wonderful lady who had a long life full of love. We will miss the Christmas letters and annual chats. Sorry we can’t be there on Monday, but you will be in our thoughts.

  4. Barb, Ken and family,

    Our sincere condolences to you all. It is never easy to say good-bye.
    “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday”

    Thinking of you!
    Brent, Patti Cosgrove and family

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