Helen Jean Jenkins
Helen Jean Jenkins – 94, Kentville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 9, 2021 at the Evergreen Home for Special Care. Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late James Melbourne Ruggles and Vera (Rafuse) Ruggles. She was raised in the Middle Musquodoboit area and for the rest of her life, this area never left her heart. As some have said, "You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl." Helen’s working career was spent mostly working at various grocery and convenience stores in Annapolis Royal and Kentville; however, the one workplace which had the greatest impact on her life was housekeeping services at the NS Sanatorium in Kentville. She worked with and met staff and patients from all over the country. Helen took great pride in her work and loved to tease and laugh with everyone around her. A patient, Earl Jenkins, was at the hospital long enough to meet and become smitten by Helen’s smile and personality. A relationship ensued and a few months later, Earl, a resident of Annapolis Royal, asked Helen for her hand in marriage. Although she loved working at "the San", Helen loved Earl more and they were married and moved to Annapolis Royal. Sadly, the love of her life passed away mere months later. Helen pushed on and made a life for herself in her new home. She joined the Annapolis Royal Legion Auxiliary and served a term as president. Bingo became a new past time and Helen travelled throughout the Valley seeking out places to play, all with the hope of shouting, "Bingo!" Helen eventually moved back to Kentville where she would spend over 22 years living at the Cornwallis Inn. She became interested in politics and it was not difficult to know Helen was a closet Liberal supporter. Anyone who knew Helen would eventually hear her displeasure of free trade, "When Brian Mulroney stood on the steps of the White House and said, Free Trade! that’s when things went bad." Helen enjoyed canvassing for the Red Cross and the Cancer Society. She loved family gatherings, especially when food was involved. Old time country music and even blue grass were always on her radio. She would "dance a jig" when the music was right. Helen moved to Evergreen Home for Special Care as a result of a fall in her apartment and it was here where she met and created a new family amongst staff and residents. Helen was treated with care, kindness, love and respect and she was able to spend the last five years of her life content and at peace. Jim, Judy, Carolyn and granddaughter, Katie will be forever grateful to the staff of Evergreen for all of the love, care and support given to their mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Jim Noonan (Ellen Crowley), Judy Noonan (David Sutherland) and Carolyn (Robert) McLellan; granddaughter, (That’s our Katie!) Katie Noonan (Adam Archibald); sisters, Hazel (Ken) Read, Ella Jean Costley (Bruce Caldwell), and a brother, Allison (Julianna Bullock); several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Earl; sisters, Isabel MacAulay and Doris Power; brothers, Lawrence, Harold and Vernon. Almost any discussion with Helen about the past involved her popular quote, "Them were the days!" May everyone take a moment to reflect on a moment or conversation with Helen and pass along a smile to someone in your world. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation, by request. Due to COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, a family service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Red Cross or the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.