HELEN ELIZABETH LOUGHLIN (nee WRIGHT)
SEPTEMBER 8, 1914- June 26, 2012
Peacefully at Highview Residence in London on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in her 98th year. Pre-deceased by the love of her life Philip Joseph Loughlin (1978). Much loved aunt to many nieces and nephews. Beloved daughter of Florence Emily nee Binnie (1957) and John Charles Wright (1954) of Hamilton, Ontario. Pre-deceased by her sisters Gertrude (Gertie), Marion Kennedy, Florence Douglas, Mildred Johnston, and brothers John (Jack) and George. Always a lady, her family and friends will miss her laughter, gracious nature, and curiosity of the world around her. To the Wright family she was Aunt Betty; to the Loughlin family she was Aunt Helen. To the world she was a former Nursing Sister, who joined the R.C.A.M.C. in Nova Scotia on September 2nd, 1943 and served in WWII by providing compassionate care to the allied forces in England, Italy, and Holland until her discharge in April 1946. Following military service, she worked briefly as a medical records librarian in Hamilton, and later at Westminster and St. Mary's Hospitals in London. She was a long time parishioner at St. Peter's Cathedral, and for many years an enthusiastic member of the Garden Club of London, the May Court Club of London and the Ontario Branch of The Herb Society of America, whose motto is “For Use and For Delight”. Helen was a passionate gardener and herbalist who created a wonderful oasis in the home she loved and shared with Phil. A voracious reader and avid theatre-goer, she was a patron of the arts, supporting the Grand Theatre, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and the Royal Ontario Museum. She was a loving sister, dear aunt, wonderful godmother, kind and supportive friend, thoughtful and generous hostess, gourmet cook, and grateful guest. She leaves many cherished memories in the hearts of those whose lives she touched. Over the past 22 years, she was very fortunate that an enduring friendship developed with Maria and Maurice Baetens. She spent many happy hours in their company on numerous outings, road trips, and special occasions, including family birthdays, holidays and New Year’s Eve celebrations. During the last few years and throughout her recent illness, Maria provided Helen with many laughs, warm hugs, great food, gentle attentive care, and unwavering devotion, which the family truly appreciates. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Kathleen McCully and caregiver Jan Pearson for their dedicated and compassionate care, and the wonderful staff of Highview, always kindly and respectful, who provided Betty with a final place to call home. Funeral Service will be held at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street, London Ontario N6A 1W9 on Friday, June 29 at 11:30 a.m. Visitation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment at St. Peter's Cemetery, 806 Victoria St., London, ON N5Y 4E1. Reception to follow at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, 551 Windermere Rd., London, ON N5X 2T1. Donations in her memory may be made to the Cancer Research Society, 305-200 Isabella St., PO Box 4613, STN E, Ottawa, ON K1S 1P7 (www.CancerResearchSociety.ca)
Safe Home Aunt Betty
Safe Home Aunt Helen
Safe Home & God Speed!
10:30 to 11:30 am Friday, June 29 at Harris Funeral Home
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