October 4, 1925 – July 31, 2014
at the age of 88 years
Helen Delma KURTZ passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, B.C. on July 31, 2014 at the age of 88 years.
Born in Melfort, SK on October 4, 1925 Mom grew up on a farm south west of Star City, SK with her Mom (Marie Thompson), Dad (Tome Thompson), twin brother Harold, and sisters Dorothy, Lyla, Florence, and Elaine.
In 1944 she met and married Harold Kurtz and they settled on their own place next to the original Kurtz farmstead in the Norwood District, southeast of Brooksby, SK. Mom and Dad were farmers, primarily growing wheat, barley, and oats along with some livestock from time to time, and in later years canola and flax. Mom was a typical farm wife of the era tending a large garden, hauling grain, and working tirelessly on the farm. Mom and Dad sold the farm in 1977 moving first to Star City, SK and eventually to Salmon Arm, B.C.
Mom was an active member of the community, involved in local service clubs, a member of the United Church, an avid golfer, a dedicated participant at the 5th Avenue Senior’s Center in Salmon Arm, and a long and active member of the Royal Purple. Mom enjoyed painting prairie scenes and landscapes, she loved to dance, sing with Bert’s Revellers, play cards, and she will be remembered for having a good time at camp-outs and socials. Mom was an excellent seamstress making all her own clothes, graduation dresses, endless patches on blue jeans, and the countless costumes she made for the many skits she created and performed. If it could be made, Mom could do it.
Mom is survived by and will be missed by her daughter Marilyn of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, grandsons Scot and Darcy and great-grandson Soren of Calgary, AB; son Byril and Brenda of Salmon Arm, B.C., grandson Jayson and Shelly and great-grandkids Sarah and Matt of Prince George, B.C., granddaughter Jennifer and Tom Doull of Surrey, B.C.; son Gil and Norene of Terrace, B.C. and grandkids Topher of North Vancouver, B.C., and Morgan of Nelson, B.C.; sister Lyla Kilback of Penticton, B.C.; sister Elaine Moore of Palo Cedro, CA; sister-in-law Elsie and Sam Archer of Windsor, ON; and her many relatives and friends.
Respecting her wishes there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that any donations be made to the Alzheimer Society, or the charity of your choice.
Many thanks to those at Piccadilly Terrace for their friendship, the incredible staff at the Good Samaritan Hillside Village for their attention to Mom’s needs, and to Dr. Du Plessis and Dr. Bonthuys for their dedicated care.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Marilyn. I’m sorry I never got to meet your Mom, she sounds like such a delightful person. How wonderful that she passed on her creative talents and energy to her daughter. I will never forget the ginger snap cookies she made for us.