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August 31, 1949 - December 3, 2022
Helen Darlene Pickles was born on August 31, 1949, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba the fourth child of Audrey and Percy Hay. She grew up on a small acreage near Oakville, Manitoba with three older brothers, Kirby, Ellsworth and Aubrey.
She was involved in many activities while growing up, Explorers, CGIT, Youth Group and Sunday School. She enjoyed playing baseball, skating, and curling. She was in 4H clothing club for eight years and received several awards, one of which was an inter-provincial bus trip to Alberta which led her to Mom and Dad Pickles place where she met Walter. This led to a happy romance, resulting in a July 1969 wedding.
She graduated from business college in 1968 with a diploma in secretarial and bookkeeping. Having married a farmer, the bookkeeping came in to be very useful.
Our family started arriving with Kerry on June 30, 1970, Trevor on January 4, 1973, and with Curtis on April 20, 1975. Our family kept us busy with swimming lessons, skating, baseball, hockey, scouting activities and 4 H.
Helen was an active volunteer in many things over the years, church activities kept her busy; Scouts, Cubs and Beavers as the boys grew up and we followed their interests - Castor 4H Multi Club and then moved on to the Castor and District Ag Society.
This list of things Helen did in the community is extensive. Her hobbies consisted of sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, music and reading. Her biggest joy was her grandchildren who she followed as well as she could despite declining health.
The support she gave Walter and the boys is something that we will never forget.
Helen is survived by her loving family, husband Walter, sons Kerry (Carmen) and children Jared, Wyatt and Chyanne, Trevor and children Tavi, Mateo and Ty, Curtis (Cristy) and children Tanner and Kody; brothers Kirby Hay, Ellsworth (Gail) Hay; sisters in law Laura (Dennis) Towers and Elaine Pickles and Jean Edmondson (Hay); numerous nieces, nephews, other family and a host of many friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Audrey and Percy; brother Aubrey; sister-in-law Darlene and niece Diana Towers.
Helen's declining health was an obstacle that she struggled with, without complaining. She finally went to her rest laying in her own bed at home.
Helen, may you rest in peace! It was well deserved.
Funeral services in Helen's memory were held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM in Knox United Church, Castor, AB with Rev. Barbara Zimmerman officiating. The interment followed in the Castor Cemetery.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so by leaving a condolence at
Memorial contributions in Helen's memory may be made and sent directly to to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital, Mail Bag 500 Castor, AB T0C 0X0.
The Pickles family wish to thank everyone for their kind words, visits, flowers, food brought to the house and memorial donations made to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation. Walter, in lieu of specific thank you cards to each of you will be making a donation himself to the Hospital as well.
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. For further information please call 403-882-3141.

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