On Monday, June 25, 2018 Helen Pearl Kirby of Regina, Saskatchewan passed away at the age of 99 years. She leaves to mourn her five children: Maurice (Annette) Kirby of Smeaton, SK, Calvin (Lois) Kirby of Balgonie, SK, Carol (Dennis) Magnusson of St. Albert, AB, Kenneth Kirby of Selkirk, MN, Frances Kirby (Rick Friedrich) of Duncan, BC; 19 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; two amazing sisters: Doreen Stonehocker and Thelma Johnson. Helen is predeceased by her son: Harley Kirby; husband: Cliff Kirby; parents: Louis and Inga Heiber; four brothers: Marlin, Ivin and infants Erling, Leonard.
Helen’s parents, Inga and Louis Heiber were Norwegian immigrants, who married in 1916. Inga gave birth to Helen in Bracken, Saskatchewan alone in the coldest part of winter, in a small house on their southern Saskatchewan homestead while her one year old son looked on from his crib and her husband went for help. Helen’s older brother, Erling died later that year when a cyclone destroyed their house. In the early thirty’s the family, which now included two younger sisters, Thelma and Doris (Doreen) and two boys , Ivin and Marlin, were forced to abandon their prairie homestead and move north to Mudie Lake, Saskatchewan where they again homesteaded farm land. This early history shaped Helen into a resilient, capable and modest woman.
Helen married Clifford Kirby on December 18, 1939. Together they raised six children, cared for and supported their aging mothers, Inga and Daisy, worked on their farm in Mudie Lake and looked after too many animals to count. Their marriage was happy and supportive and they always welcomed friends, neighbours and family into their home. They did many things together including activities at the senior centre in Pierceland. Clifford passed away in December, 2007 and Helen has missed him.
Helen went back to school in 1967, moving to Saskatoon and then The Battlefords with her youngest children in order to complete a Practical Nursing program. When she returned to the farm following completion she worked for fifteen years at St. Louis hospital in Bonnyville. She was a dedicated nurse and cherished her career and her colleagues.
Helen was very good at sewing, knitting, cooking and gardening and was an exceptional singer, having a gift of being able to harmonize with most songs. She wrote a book about her family history in 1995. She loved kids, babies in particular and delighted in her 19 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. She spent her last years in a personal care home in Regina and marveled at her advanced age and her inactivity, after so many years of being so busy.
Funeral Service, Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pierceland Community Hall, Pierceland, Saskatchewan with Pastor Ron Hewitt officiating. Pallbearers: Leonard Kirby, Nolan Kirby, Chris Kirby, Rick Friedrich, Michael Kirby, Tod Magnusson. Final resting place, Pierceland Community Cemetery, Pierceland, SK.
Memorial tributes in memory of Helen may be sent to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
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