Helena Grace Dawson

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.

6 Comments on “Helena Grace Dawson”

  1. Marie,Tom,John,Pete and the Black Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Helena’s passing. I got to know Helena and Keith through Anelda. I had visited Helena while she and Keith were still on the farm. I know she was a hard worker, and loved her family above all else. I will miss my phone calls with Helena. You are all in my thoughts.
    Sincerely, Brenda Hale

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Helena’s passing. My grandmother, Ruth Glydon, is especially going to miss her as they lived across from each other and shared meals together over the last year or so. Grandma loved Helena’s positive spirit, her smiles, discussing their love of plants, enjoyed their daily chats when possible and sharing magazines and newspapers. Grandma is thankful that Helena and Keith will be together once again. Our family will continue to keep your family in our prayers. Sincerely, Tami Langstaff

  3. Maria,Tom, Pete.John and family
    My heartfelt sympathy to all the family..I have like many have stored many memories over the years..Memories of Helena teaching Sunday School at Oil City United, Keith and family involved with Church and Community.
    I always enjoyed the visits with her and Keith..at the farm..in Walmart..Fiddicks etc.They were a couple that never really aged and stayed the same. Both Helena and Keith left marks on the hearts that knew them. They will be forever remembered and missed .Hugs
    Pat Dawson. Melissa Michael Pam

  4. Our sincerest sympathy to all of Helena’s family and friends. I met her when we shared the same room in the hospital in London, ON about 25 years ago. From then on it was phone calls, gifts, cards, etc., as we became good friends. She and Keith came to visit us in Newfoundland a few years back. Thanks to Marion and Harold for accompanying them, as we became friends also.. I visited Helena and Keith at her home about 20 years ago and I saw them a few times after. Last May was my last visit as the covid prevented our planned visit in April this year.
    Today I heard to her passing. I am so sad but very grateful for having met her and having such lovely memories. She was such a dear friend. I will miss her.

  5. Maria, Tom, Peter, John and family,
    Our sincere condolences. It’s so sad when a loved one passes but Aunt Helena will be back with the love of her life Uncle Keith now. They were always so dedicated to one another and their love so special. I have fond memories visiting their farm, riding the horses and cuddling the lovely cats they always had. Aunt Helena always looked so lovely, even with her barn clothes on! They both will be sadly missed, but special memories were made. Marty and I are pleased to support the Pedals 4 Purpose program that Aunt Helena had requested. Such a wonderful idea. Thinking of you all.

  6. Maria, Tom, Peter, John and families,
    So sorry to hear the news of your mom’s passing. What a lovely Obituary. John and I read it together. Aunt Helena’s life and interests stood vividly before us. We too are lovers of butter tarts. Aunt Helena, Uncle Keith and you all will be in our prayers.

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