Helen WarwickSeptember 3, 2017
Helen Marianne Warwick
May 10, 1929 ~ September 3, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that the Warwick family announces the passing of a great lady, Helen Marianne Warwick. Helen was predeceased by her husband Reg who passed away in 1996 and whom she was married to for 43 years. She is survived by her sister Betty of Minneapolis, MN, son Mark (Odile) of Surrey, BC, grandson Mack (Amy) and great-granddaughter Isla of Chilliwack, BC, and her granddaughter Vanessa (Evan) and great-grandson (Ethan) of Sydney, Australia. She is also survived by her daughter Cyndy (Sheila) of New York, NY, and daughter Kerri of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and granddaughters Taylor (Chad) of Saskatoon and Kendall (Jordan) of Vancouver. Helen was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB to Alois and Mary Murrer. Helen was an outstanding student and track athlete through her school years. There was an interesting quote in her West Kildonan Collegiate yearbook, “Helen with legs sublime, finds boys interesting all the time”. She wore it proudly that she was always one of the tallest girls in school. She had an affinity for numbers. After graduation, this would lead to Helen doing work in bookkeeping and in accounting while at the same time raising 3 precocious kids.
Eventually the family would move to Saskatoon. As she put it, one of the best decisions they ever made. In 1969, she began working at the Division of Audio-Visual Services at the U of S, where she would spend the next 27 years as Manager of Finance and Operations. During that time, she would continue to upgrade her education eventually getting her certificate in Business Administration. She would also become certified in preparing tax returns, go figure. Her feelings of working on the campus run deep. It certainly didn’t hurt that there was a pool close by because she also loved swimming and would swim multiple times a week, even right up to her last few months. After Reg’s passing, she moved into the View Point Condominium. She volunteered doing the Condominium’s bookkeeping but more importantly Helen found new friends who took her under their wings. They traveled, had dinners and of course drank a lot of wine. Our family will forever be grateful to them.
Mom loved cooking, baking, dining out, interior design, knitting and crocheting. She loved her library and always had multiple books on the go. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to casinos and playing bingo. She traveled regularly to Mexico, the West Coast and to various parts of the States to see family and friends. In addition, mom went on multiple cruises and tours. One of the highlights of her life was traveling with her sister Betty to Germany to visit the town where their father was born and raised. They were fortunate to meet relatives that they had only heard about. Our family will remember mom as a woman who was there for her family through thick and thin. Mom was a trooper, a role-model and in her mind, there was nothing she couldn’t accomplish. Mom was a woman ahead of her time. We can take solace with the fact that her struggle with Pancreatic Cancer was brief. To mom’s credit she fought it all the way to the end. Words cannot express the gratitude our family has for Dr. Tessa Laubscher, mom’s family physician as well as all the staff at Client Patient Access Services and to the doctors, nurses, social workers and staff in the Palliative Care unit at St. Paul’s Hospital. These people are amazing. As per Mom’s request, a private family service will be held at a later date. Friends and family wishing to express their condolences may make a memorial donation, in lieu of flowers, to the Palliative Care unit at St. Paul’s Hospital.