Helen Miller

August 12, 2021


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Helen Mary Miller on August 12th, 2021. Left to mourn her loss are her husband of 59 years, Larry Miller, their children Clinton (Michele) Miller and Kathleen (Wayne) Demers, as well as their six grandchildren, Sheldon (Bryna) Demers, Lyndon Demers, Sarah Demers (Kris), Blade Miller (Sarah), Matthew (Naomi) Lepage, Meagan (Josh) Berube, and Rhanda (Gregory) Doran. Helen also took great pleasure in their eight great grandchildren, Elaina, Greyson, André, Coralie, Lincoln, Alexia, Amélia and Lainey. Predeceased by her mother and father-in-law, Kathleen and Eldon Miller, as well as her parents Agnes and Henry Duplassie, Helen is survived by her 11 siblings, Shirley, Flo, Loretta, Earl, Sanford, Yvonne, Mary, Linda, Liz, Henry Jr. and Ron. Helen is also survived by her sister-in-law, Sr. Kathleen Miller. Born February 1st, 1942 in the White River Township, Helen grew up in White River, Ontario. After their marriage, Helen and Larry set off for Chibougamau, Quebec, where they stayed until 1977. There, Helen spent countless hours volunteering at Holy Family School. Helen worked at Hudson’s Bay. Once relocated to Elliot Lake, Helen began working at Rio Algom, where she remained until the decommissioning of Rio Algom Ltd. in the early 90’s. It is at that time that Helen started working on her life’s dream. Helen graduated as a RNA in 1992 at the age of 50! Fulfilling her dream of becoming a nurse, Helen gained employment at Hillside Manor, where she proceeded to nurse until she was 67. Since her retirement, Helen and Larry spent countless hours relaxing together at home, enjoying the Young and The Restless, working on puzzles and keeping their yard lovely. Helen enjoyed gardening, travelling to visit with her siblings, as well as seeing her children and their families. Helen was introduced to the autoharp which ignited her love of playing and singing with Jammers. Helen continued to volunteer as a Life Member with The Auxiliary Association of St. Joseph’s General Hospital. She enjoyed telling stories of growing up with 11 siblings, she loved a good game of cribbage, and she was glued to the television anytime curling was on. Helen enjoyed going for coffee with her friends and she loved a good chat on the phone. Helen touched many lives over the years and was always quick to help when needed. Out of respect for her wishes, there will be no service and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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