Helen Mary Campbell
Helen Mary (Stright) Campbell, age 89, passed away during a beautiful morning sunrise on May 17, 2020, in Evergreen Home for Special Care, Kentville. Helen was a kind and gentle soul who usually had a ready smile, a kind word and frequently an amusing witticism for anyone she crossed paths with. Born in Summerside, PE, she grew up in Pictou, NS. She was the daughter of the late James Leslie (of Stright and Mackay Shipbuilding Ltd. Pictou) and Greta Maude (Walton) Stright. As a young adult Helen worked as a stenographer for Ferguson Industries in Pictou and for Scotian Gold in Kentville. Helen suffered and endured heroically through many years of bipolar disorder. For 45 years she found comfort, nurturing and purpose in an active membership in Al-Anon. Perhaps for all of her struggles she was truly full of love and compassion and tried to be a friend to all. Helen is survived by her children, Greg, Wolfville; Shari, Courtenay, BC; Susan (Chris) Baltzer, Coldbrook; and Tena (Kevin) Poirier, Bedford; grandchildren, Taylor Baltzer and Danielle, Ashley and Luc Poirier; sister, Vivian McPhee (formerly Swain), Greenwich, who was a constant and appreciated support throughout the years for Helen and her family; treasured companion Fred Kelly, also a valued support, Wolfville; several nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her brothers, Herb, Truman and Ivan and her ex-husband William A. Campbell. A special thank you to Evergreen Home for Special Care for the wonderful care they provided the last couple of years and for providing her children with the opportunity to be with her during her final moments. Also, a particular thank you to Paul Wood who's music ministrations greatly stimulated and nurtured Helen in her time at Evergreen. Music was such a significant comfort to her, and she was happiest when dancing, singing or clapping and stomping. She also enjoyed many walks in Evergreen's beautiful garden with Fred where they would often feed the squirrels, chipmunks and blue jays. She will be deeply missed but her memory will be cherished for the rest of our days. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association - NS Kings County or the Kidney Foundation of Canada (NS) or to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/covid19-iquitos-relief-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
There will be no visitation by request. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.