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Helen May Nan Stairs (Macdonald)

December 18, 1933 - October 5, 2015


On Monday, October 5, 2015, Helen May Nan Stairs passed away in a car accident with her daughter Jane.  Helen was 81 years old  .  She was born on December 18, 1933 in Welsford, New Brunswick, the youngest daughter of John and Bertha Macdonald.

Helen was the light of many lives.  Her spirt was kind and compassionate and she was always ready to lend a helping hand to any person in need.  Helen was a devoted member of the Abundant Life Pentecostal Assembly.  Her church family was a very big part of her life.   Helen and Ed were always together.  She assisted Ed for many years at the funeral home, helping him keep things organized and running smoothly.

Left to cherish Helen’s memory is her husband, Edward Stairs.  Together, they celebrated their 46th anniversary on September 26th.  Also left behind is her son; Tim, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and her daughter-in-law, Lola.  She is survived by her brothers, Wallace and Ian Macdonald in Ontario as well as many nieces and nephews .  Helen was predeceased by her daughter, Jane, one brother, Robert and one sister, Maxine.

A Service to honor the life of Helen will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Abundant Life Pentecostal Assembly, 501 – 11th Ave. S., Cranbrook at 2:00 pm.  Memorial donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Abundant  Life Pentecostal Assembly – Missionary Fund.

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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Terry and Rosalind Robinson
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Dear Ed, our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. Helen was always such a sweet person. She came into my work to see me when she came back to visit and never seemed to change a bit. Love and prayers are with you. Terry and Rosalind

From: Marcella and Tom McGregor
Relation: We are were next door neighbours.

Ed and family,
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in our thoughts .

Helen always had a friendly smile whenever we would chat. I remember hot summer nights we would both be out at 11 watering our flowers. We will miss them both. R.I.P.


ED,,We are so sorry to hear about Helen and Jane,,When we received the phone call,we were stunned,Helen used to always visit us when she came back for a visit,and we would talk about you a lot..I hope you holding up ok..Our love and prayers go out to you…..RON and BETTY

From: Marie and Larry popoff
Relation: Friend

Ed, we will miss Helen’s smile, kindness and gentleness. It was our privilege to have met and known such a fine and gracious lady. We will miss Helen.

From: Donna and Ian Silliker
Relation: Helen was our mother's first cousin

To Ed;Tim and family and to Wallace,Ian and families-we are so sorry for your loss-we had not met Jane but Helen spoke of her every time we met- Helen was a very special person to our family.Even though she moved far from us- each time I saw her it was just like I had seen her yesterday- She was warm and welcoming with a smile and kind words- whenever I talked to her when she was visiting she talked about all of her family both in Cranbrook and Ontario- family was so important to her.As a side note, when I was little she agreed to ‘try’ to teach me how to sew but I was not a very good pupil but she tried and I loved her for it- . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Donna Silliker and Ian Silliker(children of Flora Macdonald Silliker-Helen’s first cousin)

From: Angela and Hugh Williams
Relation: Friend

Helen was a very close friend who supported and loved on my self and my boys John and Peter when I was a single Mom. Ed cut the boys hair and Helen did my hair for quit a long time.
Helen was a very kind and gentle spirit. I loved her laugh and her smile always brought a lot of peace to me. Very sorry for your loss Ed and will keep you in my prayers in the days to come as you walk through this very difficult time. Know that God loves you and is on your side I know that Helen would say this.:)

From: Mrs. Russell (Judy) Patey
Relation: Friend

Dear Ed and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Helen and Janes passing. Helen has always been such a good friend to me. I remember back when she use to take me grocery shopping many years ago. I remember giving her a baby shower for Jane. I will miss her dearly. May God bless you and the family. Love Tom and Judy

From: Myra Farquhar
Relation: Friend

My deepest condolences, Ed. My heart aches for you” Know that you are in my prayers during this trial. Love & prayers, Myra

From: John and Jeanne Kennedy
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Dear Ed Stairs, son Tim and family,
Sending you our sincere sympathy and love in the loss of your wife Helen and daughter Jane Marina. Thinking of you with love and prayers. Sincerely, John and Jeanne Kennedy and family

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 13, 2015
Beginning at 2:00pm

Abundant Life Pentecostal Church
501 - 11th Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

501 - 11th Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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