GREEN/MARQUESS – Helen (Green) Marquess


    GREEN/MARQUESS – Helen (Green) Marquess passed away peacefully in Calgary, AB on Monday, October 4th, 2021, at the age of 96 years. Helen was born September 8th, 1925 to Helmer and Emma Hansen of Duchess and was raised third of eight children on the family farm.  She attended Clancy School, walking the mile along the coulee with her siblings and neighbours. She was especially honored to play the piano march for morning assembly, a tune she remembered and continued to play into her final years of life. When Helen was in grade eight, her mother lost her eyesight and Helen, as the eldest daughter, had to quit school to take care of her younger siblings, the youngest of whom were a newborn and a toddler in diapers. She assumed responsibility for many other household duties and continued her devotion to her mother for the rest of her life. After leaving home, Helen moved to Brooks, where she enjoyed serving shakes and sodas to the high school crowd. She worked in Calgary for a time before moving back home, later marrying Gordon Green of Duchess. She was a devoted mother and wife, homemaker, tender of gardens, and mender of broken teddy bears. She had many interests over the years including yoga, ceramics, line dance and aqua-size classes. After Gordon passed away, she married Lloyd Marquess of Meadville, Pennsylvania, who was a former schoolmate from Clancy School. Together they enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles, organ lessons and road trips around the U.S. Helen is predeceased by her son Larry, first husband Gordon Green of Duchess, second husband Lloyd Marquess of Brooks, grandson Justin son of Penny and Jim of Fairview, Alberta; parents Helmer and Emma Hansen, brothers Herman, Sylvan, and Norman and sisters Ruth (Richard) Kuhl of Grand Forks, B.C.  and Bernie (Rod) Edwards of Lindale, Alberta. She is survived by sons Ron (Sharron) of Beaumont, Alberta, Ken (Yuki) of Vancouver, B.C. and daughters Penny (Jim Thacker) of Fairview, Ginny of Brooks, and Kathy of Calgary, Alberta; sister-in-law Freda (Norm) Hansen of Red Deer, sisters Edie (Johnny) Verbicky of Fairview, and Carol (Hugh) Green of Rolling Hills, Alberta; 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A private viewing and internment took place in Brooks, friends and relatives are invited to share memories and stories in Helen’s Guest Book on the Smith Funeral website. If friends desire, in memory of Helen, memorial tributes may be made directly to charity of choice.

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