Helena Grace Dawson (Black) on October 27 2020
Helena was the wife of the late J.Keith Dawson (2019). They were married for 64 years and retired from farming in Oil Springs in 2017. She was born in 1932 and grew up in Brooke Township. Helena was the daughter of Duncan and Margaret Black (Walker). The family was originally from Argyll, Scotland. She was a graduate of Westervelt Business School, class of 1950-51. She worked at General Motors, London and Imperial School Desks, Petrolia until the arrival of her three children in 1973. This is when she became a full time farmers wife and mother. She was a good farmer and fed livestock, cleaned milking machines, sold eggs and planted a large garden to feed her family. She loved fashion and co-ordinated accessories but she was also an excellent cook, best with baked goods and butter tarts. She ran her children to hockey and music lessons and was proud to be part of her grandchildren’s lives and families. She enjoyed a good laugh over slap stick comedies and was a skilled astrologer calculating charts and rising signs. She was a Capricorn. She was often heard hooting advice as she watched her Blue Jays or Toronto Maple Leafs playing on the television.
Her passing is preceded by her brother Gerald ,sisters Anelda Higgins and Leona Le Blanc and great-grandson Jack Thomas Moore.
She will be remembered by her brother Eldon Black( Gail), sisters-in-law Joan Williams and Grace Lindstrom and several nieces and nephews. She was a friend and cousin to Beatrice Black of Alvinston and they shared many stories of their youth and families. She will also be missed by her long-time neighbours Harold and Marion McIntyre.
Her legacy of hard work and family traditions will be kept alive by her children Maria Moore (Tom), Pete and John Dawson. Grandchildren are Fraser Moore (Megan) and Alec Moore (Laura). Great grand-children are Ivy Grace Moore and Harrison Alec Moore.
Thank-you to everyone who cared for, supported Helena and helped her maintain her independence during her last few years. Thank-you to Dr. Crombeen and the Sarnia Hospice for helping Helena when she needed it most.
Helena is a two time survivor of breast cancer. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Pedals 4 Purpose at www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12300
, helping youth who can’t afford bikes in Sarnia/Lambton.