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Helen Bailey

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Helen Dorothy Schultz was born Monday, June 6, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan to Albert William Schultz (born October 16, 1896 in Bentinck – January 22, 1971) and Dorothea (Dorothy) “Dora” Sophia R. (nee Kaufman, born March 19, 1901 in Bentinck – December 8, 1994 in Hanover).

Helen’s parents were married on October 4, 1922 in Bentick Township. In April of 1924 Albert and his brother-in-law, Herman Kaufman crossed over the border into Detroit, Michigan. Dora, accompanied by her sister Matilda, crossed over on the 9th of May that same year. (It is interesting to note that Albert had also previously crossed over in August of 1916.) Albert worked at the Ford Motor Company and was able to pay cash for their new farm on the 12th of Bentinck.

In birth, Helen joined her big brother Edsel Albert (September 21, 1926 – January 27, 1996) who was also born in Detroit. (As an aside, Edsel was named after Edsel Ford, the American business executive and philanthropist who was the son of pioneering industrialist Henry Ford.) The waters of baptism flowed over Helen, on November 13, 1932, by the Rev. F.H. Eglinsdorfer at St. Peters Evangelical Congregation in Detroit. Her godmothers were Minnie Hastie, Bertha Weidenorf and Caroline Weidendorf.

Helen claimed her Lutheran faith for herself during her confirmation at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Elmwood. The Rev. H. Gruhn presided over that most auspicious occasion. It is uncertain when the young family returned to Canada to purchase a farm. In the 1930 American Census, they were listed as living at 5775 Trenton Street in Detroit and seemingly, they were not in the US during the 1940 Census.

Helen was educated at the Louise School in Bentinck Township and her teacher was Ruby Ball. As it ended up, Miss Ball was the same teacher for Helen’s two children, Dianne and Doug. Helen was bright and still had in her possession the perfectly clean and crisp High School Attendance Certificate dated July 1944 at Walkerton. Helen went from attending school to paid work at the Silknet Factory in Chesley from 1948 until 1950. She boarded in Chesley with her cousin Pearl Kaufman who also worked at the factory.

Upon meeting Ralph Edward Bailey (1926 – 1992), most likely at a dance, Helen was smitten. Ralph was the son of Edward and Sarah (Little) Bailey and brother to Donald James. She and Ralph were married on September 30, 1950 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Bentinck Township by Rev. Harry Baetz. Pearl was Helen’s attendant and a really funny story is told of how the two climbed through a window to decorate the Louise Hall for the reception as someone forgot to unlock the door for them. (Too funny!)

Their love was deep and abiding and Helen worked alongside Ralph on the farm which was just three miles down from the Schultz farm on the 12th of Bentinck. The young couple primarily milked and Helen worked diligently in the vegetable and flower gardens, which she loved to do. Dianne was born March 3, 1952 and Douglas came along a year later on November 24, 1953. Once the children were old enough, Helen returned to the paid workforce, working at the Chesley Hospital from 1967 until 1976. She started as a Care Aid and then was able to be certified as a Registered Nursing Assistant (RNA). In 1976 Helen moved over to the Hanover Hospital where she worked until she retired in 1996. Helen made numerous life-long friends wherever she worked. Pearl (Kaufman) Monk also worked alongside Helen at the hospital and some staff remember them to this day!  

In 1967, the same year as Canada’s centennial, Ralph’s father Edward passed away. Helen, Ralph and their children then moved onto the Bailey farm on the 2nd Concession of Elderslie, R.R.#3 Chesley. Here they raised milk cows and mix farmed as well. Sadly, Ralph passed away on May 4, 1992 of cancer. Heartbroken, Helen remained on the farm for just a little while and then moved to Ren’s Apartment above the Chesley Enterprise office and Cook’s Hairdressing. Doug and Lynn were married that same year and moved onto the farm. Finding the stairs more and more difficult, Helen then moved to Brown’s following Edwina (nee Sachs) Pegelo when she moved to Islay House. A further deterioration of Helen’s health led to yet another move and this time it was to the Lodge at Elgin Abbey in 2015. Perhaps the hardest move of all was the move to the Nursing Home side of Elgin Abbey in 2019. But no matter what or where Helen always made the best of her situation. Through it all, she remained gracious and kind. One of the many life lessons she instilled in her family was to always be grateful.

Helen was never one to stay still. It would be easier to name the few organizations she did not volunteer her time at as to list the many she was. Most significantly was her time spent with the Louise Institute and was a lifetime member. There Helen made numerous friends including Helen Weirmeir, Grace Schenk and Betty Stever, to name just a few. Church Council at St. Mark’s Lutheran, the woman’s group – LCW and then the ELW – at St. Mark’s as well as the “Knotty (Naughty) Knitters” and the Worship and Music Committee. It would be hard to think of one single funeral at St. Mark’s that Helen did not work in the kitchen, usually with granddaughters Sarah and/or Laura in tow. In addition, quilting with the church women and others was a definite pleasure for Helen. She was a giver, always going out of her way to help and volunteer in any way possible.

Helen endlessly adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her world would light up whenever they were around or came for a visit. Helen was a very strong woman right until her final time with us. She has inspired her granddaughters and grandchildren with the same strength. She was a great role model to grow up with.

In whatever spare time Helen had leftover she loved to go on walks down to the park in Chesley, especially with her grandchildren. Playing marbles with Phyllis Howie and Alvena Kuhl Saturday evenings, crokinole with St. Mark’s, Euchre Card parties while on the farm and playing Uno were favourite pastimes. Daily and weekly readings of the newspapers was vital for Helen as she loved to keep abreast of current affairs. She also enjoyed the Reader’s Digest magazine and watching the Grand Ole Opry on TV, especially when Reba McEntire was on. (Eating grapes was the perfect snack while doing so!) The radio was always on in Helen’s home – AM 920 – and she especially loved listening to Alan Jackson. Attending plays at Blyth and Drayton was another favourite thing to do as was attending anything that was held at the Bijou in downtown Chesley, including Jamborees. It was definitely not an unusual sight to see Helen taxiing people from here to there.

Helen was not afraid to step outside of Ontario and trips were made near and far. She travelled out west with many dear friends, went to the Caribbean, took bus trips to Branson, Missouri, Easter holidays in Detroit, travelled out east, trips to Belle Isle where they went on every ride from the roller coaster to the “Wild Moose”. One memorable trip to Detroit included a NHL hockey game where they were the only ones cheering for the Leafs! In celebration of her 70th birthday, Dianne gifted Helen with a Hot Air Balloon ride. Locally, Helen loved to go to McDonalds with the grandchildren, followed by a trip to Dollarama. Ask Laura about the time Helen laughed so very hard while in Dollarama. It is the best of the best story!

Helen hated winter thus loving spring when she could be out planting. Her favourite colours were purple and blue and her favourite indoor plants were cactus, roses and amaryllis. She was an incredible cook and baker, generously bestowing upon her grandchildren Broccoli soup and Mississippi Mud pie which they love ‘to this day. A family favourite was her strawberry and rhubarb syrup as well as her rhubarb pie. As one can imagine, Helen’s pantry was always well-stocked. Personally, she loved her milk and every morning began with a medley of Bran cereals and Cheerios. Chocolate in the shape of oranges was another indulgent treat.

Helen was caring, respectful, compassionate, and even stubborn and strict. Just ask Doug about the ‘ring of fire’ he and John Howie created! Not a thing happened during the day that Helen did not take note of. Her diaries are masterpieces as are her autograph books filled with coloured paper with verses and sayings written upon them. Nor did a birthday happen that Helen did not celebrate with a phone call or card. In the last few years, the phone call was accompanied by a tinkly recording of the birthday song! Yet one was still remembered. Her filled “Birthday Book” attests to this!

Not to mention Helen’s faith would be direly remiss. Helen’s Bible went most places she went, including the hospital. One of her favourite scripture verses was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This was also Brendan’s confirmation verse. Helen lived out her faith in her day to day activities and encounters. She was never mean to those she crossed paths with. Helen was blessed to be godmother to Glenn Monk and in turn, he too was surely blessed.

Following years of struggling with Parkinson’s and a brief illness, Helen gently passed on to her eternal home, surrounded by the love of her family at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in her 89th year.

‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’

Matthew 25:23

Cherished mother of Dianne Bailey of Victoria, B.C. and Doug (Lynn) of R.R. #3 Chesley. Beloved grandmother of Brendan (Brandy McKee), Sarah, Laura (Simon Collins) and great-grandmother of Harlow, Nash and Kip. Helen was predeceased by her husband Ralph (1992), brother Edsel Schultz and her parents Albert and Dora (Kaufman) Schultz.

A public visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Monday, March 8, 2021 from 5 – 8 p.m. All visitors attending will be registered upon entry to the funeral home, must wear a mask and respect physical distancing protocols. A maximum of 25 people will be allowed in the funeral home at any given time. A graveside service honouring Helen’s life will be held in the spring at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Bentinck Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Sherryl Work
March 22, 2021

To Bianne and Doug and all of Helens family. Your Mom was a warm and gracious lady. She was so soft spoken and seemed always to be smiling. She will be missed but her memories will be comfort us always.

Trish Tibbo
March 12, 2021

Dianne and Doug and Lynn, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Your Mom was a beautiful lady.

Kathy & Murray Knapp
March 11, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Bailey family. Helen was a very kind and lovely person

George and Nancy Maxwell
March 11, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to Doug, Lynn and your family. Sorry for your loss.

Dennis & Ruth McGuire and family
March 9, 2021

We have many good memories over the years of Helen and we send our condolences to all of you.

Cheryle L Schuknecht
March 9, 2021

Helen was a dear friend to my mother Marguerite (Cann)Schuknecht. They worked together at the Silknet in Chesley when they were young. Helen was a very kind,caring lady. She will be missed by all who knew her, my deepest condolences to the family.

Ann Clements
March 8, 2021

Dianne Doug and family my heartfelt condolences she was truly one of the good ones always smiling and could find something positive out of any situation. We shared many at good time and laugh over the years. When you worked with Helen it was like having your Mom with you , so many of us called her Ma Bailey.

John & Ruth Chapman
March 8, 2021

Helen was an Angel who walked amongst us and touched lives in everlasting ways. Our lives are richer and better having known her. Treasure the many memories as family & friends!

Bob Nelson
March 8, 2021

Sorry for your loss

Deb Emke
March 8, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Helens passing I am sure she will continue to be that gracious person she is in her final resting place.. I missed getting to see her a Xmas. My sympathy to the Bailey family ❤️

Sherry Caldwell
March 7, 2021

Sincere sympathy to the Bailey family. May all of your wonderful memories help you through this time of sadness.
Sherry and Roger and Tiff Caldwell

Bill and Grace Wilson
March 7, 2021

My sincere sympathy to the Bailey family on the loss of Helen. I met Helen in 1978 when I started working at Hanover Hospital. She was a kind loving soul and I am sure she will be missed very much. Treasure your memories.

Pat and Gordon Miskie
March 7, 2021

Dianne, Doug, Lynn and families our deepest sympathies. Helen will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

Don and Doreen Gateman
March 7, 2021

Our sincere sympathies to the entire family. Helen was such a kind, special person who will be forever in the hearts and minds of anyone who knew her.

Marlene Kaufman
March 7, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dianne, Doug and family at this sad time. We have so many wonderful memories of times spent with Helen. Our last allowed visit outside on patio last fall will be a cherished memory.
Love Morris Emke, Marlene Kaufman & families

March 7, 2021

I shared many laughs with Helen during my time at Elgin Abbey Lodge. She was a remarkable lady. Thinking of you all during this difficult time ❤️

Jack and Ellen Cavill
March 7, 2021

Dianne, Doug, Lynn and families, we send our sympathy to you. Helen was a wonderful person and I so enjoyed working with her at Hanover Hospital and having chats when we would meet her at different functions. Keep all your memories close, we are thinking of you

shirley Veen (Louise WI)
March 7, 2021

Helen Bailey was a very special person. She her best in very thing she did. She will be missed. Our sympathy goes out to all her family. If you would like a copy of the Ode, and Mary Stewart Collect, for some to read at her

service, please let me know. a donation to the Church will be sent later.

Dorothy Knorr (Cotter)
March 7, 2021

Sorry for your loss My thoughts and prayers are with all the family

Cathy and Gary Lund
March 6, 2021

Dianne, Doug, Lynn, Brendan, Sarah and Laura… Gary and I are sending our heartfelt sympathies at the loss of this wonderful, kind, loving and special lady. Helen has been very special to me since I was a teenager and best friends with Dianne. I spent many hours in her company throughout the years, and my heart is breaking for each of you with this great loss. For many years we shared special times at St Mark’s, and most especially as part of the Knotty Knitters prayer shawl group. Helen will always hold a special place in my heart. I know your memories will be precious and help you through these times. Sending hugs, Cathy and Gary

Bob & Diane Murphy
March 6, 2021

Dianne, Doug, Lynn & families,
Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss. You mom was a lovely person.

Rae and Joyce MCLENNAN
March 6, 2021

My deepest sympathy to all of Helens family. Helen was such a special lady, full of life, love and laughter. I was lucky to get to know Helen while working in the Lodge.

Harvey & Dorothy Stewart
March 6, 2021

Sending our heartfelt condolences. Helen was a special cousin and we have many fond memories from our childhood growing up, Kaufman reunions and many fun get togethers.

Dave & Brenda Hamel
March 6, 2021

Doug, Lynn and family, please accept our deepest sympathy with the loss of Your mom, grandmother and great grandmother.

Carole Woods
March 6, 2021

Helen was rarely without a smile and a kind word. She will be missed by many.

Ross and Dianne King
March 6, 2021

Dianne Doug&Lynn and families.We are sending our deepest sympathies to each of you. Helen was a special lady and she will be missed by all who knew her. We had lots of good times together at St. Mark’s. Cherish all your memories.

Rhoda and Scot Beckenhauer
March 6, 2021

Your family is in our thoughts. Cherish your memories. Hugs to you all.

Ann and Murray Legge
March 6, 2021

Dianne, Doug and family, please accept our condolences. Helen was a devoted and caring nurse and it was a pleasure to work with her. She always saw the bright side of things and we shared a lot of laughs. Cherish your memories of her, I know I will. Ann.

John and Karen Winkels
March 5, 2021

Thinking of all of you and praying for peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Tom & Karen Sweiger
March 5, 2021

To Dianne, Doug & Lynn, & family. Sending our deepest sympathies to you. We always enjoyed visiting with Helen. She was such a lovely lady and will be missed.

Lynda Leeson
March 5, 2021

Doug, Lynn, Dianne and families
Condolences on the loss of your mom. Comments have described her as a wonderful lady, cherish those memories
Lynda Leeson

Dan & Judy Bartley
March 5, 2021

Dan and I want to send our love and prayers to Dianne, Doug and all of the family.
Helen and Ralph was always so supportive of us and great people to talk to.
Special memories of the time we spent with them.
Dan & Judy

Joan, Mike and Hanna Roth
March 5, 2021

Helen was always such a lovely lady to chat with at the Kaufman Family Reunions. She will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to her family.

Jim and Yvonne Witzke
March 5, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Dianne and Doug and family in the loss of a great lady and dear friend. She left many wonderful memories for many of us.

Joanne McLaren
March 5, 2021

My deepest sympathy Doug & Lynn and family.

Linda Kaufman
March 5, 2021

My sincere condolences as you mourn the passing of your Mom. May your memories bring you comfort!

Janet, Rob and Nataley Stephen
March 5, 2021

What a beautiful, amazing lady Helen was..always a smile, laugh or hug.
Doug and Dianne and family may you always treasure the fantastic memories of Helen❤❤

Michelle Bailey
March 5, 2021

Great aunt Helen will be missed dearly, she will always be a treasured memory of my childhood with her loving smile and sweet personality my condolences to Doug , Lynn and the family ❤️

Doug and Chris Fischer
March 5, 2021

So sorry to hear this news. Helen was a lovely lady who will be missed by many. Sending our sincere condolences to to Helen’s family.

Mary McGeachy and Jeff Collins
March 5, 2021

We are very saddened by the passing of Gramma Helen and we wish you all much strength and peace in the days ahead. Big hugs.

Brad & Jayne Tibbo
March 5, 2021

Deepest sympathy Doug, Lynn, Brendan, Sarah, Laura and family .
Although I have not seen Helen for awhile , she always took time to say hi if we ever met somewhere. She will be missed dearly .

April wilson
March 5, 2021

My deepest condolences

Elaine Maluske
March 5, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family of Helen. Fond memories will keep her close.

Gail Fritsch
March 5, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. She was one of the best. My thoughts and prayers are with you Doug and Lynn, Dianne and families.

Pamela & Robert Bell
March 5, 2021

Doug, Lynn, Brendan, Sarah, Laura…
Sending out deepest sympathies to all of you during this difficult time. Such a special Mom, Grandma & Great Grandma has been lost.
Wishing you all the Peace that comes with knowing her bright light will shine forever in your hearts.
Thinking of you and sending hugs…

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