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Helen Elizabeth McLean

Apr 6, 1940 - Oct 21, 2022


Saturday, November 12, 2022
3:00 pm
A Celebration of Life for Helen will be held at her church, Memorial Presbyterian Church 5020-48 St, Sylvan Lake, AB. on November 12, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.


Since Helen’s family all lives overseas, please consider a donation to your local Animal Shelter instead of buying a card! A memory book will be set up where you may write your messages to that will be shared with her family and friends.


Helen Elizabeth McLean
April 6, 1940 – October 21, 2022
Helen was born to Freda and Raymond McLean in Belmont, New South Wales, Australia. She leaves behind her sister Joan (John) O’Brien of Ettalong Beach, New South Wales, Australia, her niece, Rebecca (Gary), three nephews, Michael, Robert, Ian (Heather) and her very special grandnephews and niece: Elijah, Olivia, Oscar and Jasper. Helen was predeceased by her two brothers who passed away near the time of their births in 1944 and 1948.
Helen attended “Ladies College” (high school) in Launceston, then attended Teachers College in Newcastle, NSW. She worked at Muswellbrook, NSW first in the education department, then with disabled children, deaf children, and “less able” children at Stockton.
Helen came to Canada when she was 25 with her friend, Joyce, who lived in Red Deer. Helen made sure that a headstone was placed on her maternal grandfather’s grave in Ontario where some of her grandfather’s relatives lived. She also met with people her grandmother had knows from the Yorkton, SK area. Our town, province, and country are so much richer for her immigration!
When Helen first moved to the Central Alberta area, she worked at Michener center and spoke fondly of her time with the residents. Helen taught E.C.S. at H.J. Cody School from 1974-1978, and Elementary from 1978 – 1984 and at C.P. Blakely School from 1984-1996. She also graduated with her Bachelor or Education from the University of Alberta and her ARTC in 1972 – yes, music was in her soul!
Helen taught so many children in school and in private music lessons, but perhaps the most important thing she taught was the importance of each and every soul she encountered. She loved every young person she met, and that love carried on throughout her life. It was a rare day that we would venture out to Red Deer or around Sylvan Lake that someone who she cared for didn’t stop to talk and appreciate her. Her love extended to all of the fur-people around. She took great care of her pets and had a soft heart for every stray she encountered. Of course, that included human strays.
Helen was deeply involved in the Presbyterian Church; in Sunday School, the Choir, and the Handbell Chorus, (she took the handbells to the Sylvan Lake Lodge occasionally for the residents to play), not to mention being a Lay-Pastor and participating in the Ministerial when called upon. After she retired from teaching, she continued to be involved in the community as she became a counsellor for the Town of Sylvan Lake and started a support program for her friends and neighbors in the mobile home parks in Sylvan Lake. She worked in numerous part time jobs where she regularly encountered the grown children she taught. A wonderful, full-circle time for her.
In 1994, Helen was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for Sylvan Lake, where her work with young people and seniors was highlighted. She exemplified the true spirit of a “citizen” within our community and remained a much-admired friend to everyone she encountered in our little town.
Helen made a life of service, led by her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Following his words, she clearly walked the path he laid out. She loved each person and animal with the characteristics they were born with. She knew God placed these souls in her life so she could support and minister to them – many who had no idea they were being ministered to! How many of you knew of her prayers for you? Helen passed away as she lived – peacefully and gently. She will be missed.

A Celebration of Life for Helen will be held at her church, Memorial Presbyterian Church 5020-48 St, Sylvan Lake, AB. on November 12, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.
Since Helen’s family all lives overseas, please consider a donation to your local Animal Shelter instead of buying a card! A memory book will be set up where you may write your messages to that will be shared with her family and friends.

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 887 2151


Harrison Higgs:

Condolences to the family for the passing of Helen. She made a difference to many.

Kathleen Inglis:

Helen was the "heart" for so many of the community of Sylvan Lake, always caring, always smiling, always offering a helping hand. Rest in peace in the Lord's company eternally.

Pat Sawyer:

Helen was my grade 3 teacher (I believe it was grade 3) at C.P. Blakely, Helen was an excellent teacher and all through her life loved all her students, even as I grow in to an Adult she remembered me right at first sight and always said hi. I remember her home always having the piano going, she probably had pupils she was teaching. I also remember she drove a big International Scout for a vehicle likely to haul kids and pets around in, I was fascinated from the time I was a kid why my teacher drove such a massive vehicle. Sylvan Lake has lost a very wonderful lady, she had a very fulfilling life and was loved by all and we all loved her.

Pat Sawyer

Sherlyn Ludwig:

My condolences to Helen’s family.
I met “Ms. McLean” in the 90’s where she taught music to my children at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Sylvan Lake. She was always so patient, gentle, and kind, with the students.
I enjoyed many an interesting conversation with Helen as she was knowledgeable about so many different things.
Ms. McLean made a positive, indelible mark on many lives. Rest well.

Margery Seney:

I also worked with Helen at Wal-Mart, what a great lady. Can still picture her driving around town in her colour ful car.

Laura hill :

Helen was my EA at cp blakley school when I was in grade 4 and grade 5 she taught me so much xoxo I'm now a EA graduate thank you helen xoxo rip

Debbie Thomas :

I'm sorry to hear about Helen's passing away she will be forever missed. I remember her from years ago and she was a beautiful caring lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Till we meet again Helen R.I.P

Sylvia Jean Burdick:

We have many fond memories of Helen. Her loving compassion is an example to us all. She lived with one of my favorite mottos, "A stranger is a friend you haven't met." She has gone to her reward.

Wendy Lentz Hoff:

Helen was an amazing lady. She taught my 3 children and some of my foster children. She was so good with everyone. But now she is with God. She will be missed. Love you Helen

Krystelle Knight:

I would like to give my condolences to Helen’s family. I met Helen years ago at the trailer park where we lived while my children were small. We were neighbors for almost 20 years. I had many tea sessions with Helen and she gave my children music lessons. I also worked with her at Memorial church which she was influential in introducing me too. My heart breaks that her time with us has ended but she is where she wished to be now, with her Lord. I can imagine her up there singing with the heavenly choir! May you rest in peace, Helen. You certainly will not be forgotten.

The Knight family

Marlene (Lafee) Wanner:

I am so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. Helen was a true and gentle spirit, who cared for the most vulnerable in our community and society. She was my piano teacher for many years, and I spent many hours as a child not only taking lessons, but also sitting and chatting with her and playing with her menagerie of animals. She will be missed by so many.

Bev Campbell:

I also worked with Helen at Walmart she was a wonderful lady

Ken Josie Frid:

I worked with Helen at walmart Sylvan Lake where she was a greeter she was a special lady sorry for the family’s loss

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