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April 14, 1933 — February 21, 2023

Helena Doeksen went to be with the Lord on February 21, 2023, in her 90th year.  She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Gerard (Gerry); their two sons, Corwin and Carlin; three grandchildren, Alexandra (Nathan) Dennis, Brady Doeksen, and Garrett Doeksen; great-grandchildren Charlotte, Nixon, and Briggs; her sisters Frieda Epp, Katherine Dyck, and brother-in-law Alvin Walters; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her son Benjamin; her parents, John and Marie Epp; and siblings John, Marie, Tiena, David, Jacob, Anne, and Susie.

Gerry and Helena’s love story began while she was visiting her sister Anne in Trail, BC. Helena showed interest in teaching Sunday School at Trail Alliance Church. Coincidentally, Gerry was volunteering as the church’s Sunday School Superintendant.  Needless to say, Helena got the job. The two fell in love and created a beautiful life together in Trail, BC. Helena was offered a teaching position with Trail Public Schools with which she taught for over 20 years. Later they relocated to Kelowna, BC in their retirement years.

Helena loved Jesus, children, and teaching. These passions could be found in all of her life’s pursuits. Her favourite bible verse, John 3:16, signifies mom’s everlasting hope.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Helena will be dearly missed as a loving wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, and friend to many.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Global Advance Fund – Alliance Canada.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at Mission Creek Alliance church (2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC), with Pastor Keith Whitaker officiating. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service. When the link for Livestream is available it will be available below.

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Friday, March 3, 2023, at 11:00 AM

Mission Creek Alliance Church (2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC)

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The service for DOEKSEN, Helena is scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2023, at 11:00 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Mission Creek Alliance Church (2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC)

2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC


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  • Lareine Imthorn says:

    Gerry, you are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve. I send my sympathy.. Lareine.

  • Grant and Janice Jacobs says:

    Our sincere condolences and prayers for all of you as you go through this difficult time. So sorry for your loss
    All our love and prayers
    Grant Janice Jacobs
    Angela Tim Joel Michelle and family. 🙏❤️

  • Kaye Benzer says:

    Gerry & family, I am so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. It was always nice to have a chat with you both at our reunions. Please accept my condolences. Sincerely, Kaye Benzer

  • Luella Enns says:

    Dear Gerry and Family,
    May the Lord comfort you, and may you find solace in your beautiful memories in your time of sorrow.
    In Sympathy,
    Luella (Friesen) Enns

  • Dawn Barber Gerry Barber says:

    Gerry, Corwin, Carlin and families. So sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Sincere sympathy. Gerry and Dawn

  • Ann Johnsone says:

    Dear Gerry, Corwin and Carlin,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy thoughts and prayers in the loss of Helen. If one of you can send me your email address I can send you some pictures. Helen testified for many years of her Lord and Saviour. It was a life well lived.

  • Cate Christmas says:

    We are praying for you and your loved ones as you struggle with this immense loss.

  • MaryAnn Roberts says:

    Aunt Helen, you were alway special to your nieces. You will be missed. We live you.

  • Edward Epp says:

    Warm prayers and thoughts for you and your family
    Leanne and Edward

  • Tom and Angie de Groot says:

    Gerry, so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. We’ve always appreciated how much you served in the Trail Alliance Church. Our prayers are with you.

  • Marlene Nicol says:

    I am sorry to hear of Helen’s passing and was able to view the live stream today. From our years in Trail we knew Helen to be deeply committed to the church family especially the children of the church . Carlin and Corwin, I remember you as young boys and know how much your mom loved you. Gerry and family, I am praying for all of you as you work through your loss and cherish your memories of your wife, grandma and great grandma.

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