Lena McDonald married Jack Moon


McDONALD, Helen Agnes: July 4, 1932 - November 13, 2017
 It is with love that we share the news of the passing of Helen McDonald (Bakkehaug) on November 13, 2017 at Points West Hospice surrounded by family. Helen Agnes McDonald was born on July 4, 1932 at Poplar Hill, Alberta in a tiny farmhouse. She was the third child of five siblings of Einar Konrad Olsen Bakkehaug and Ingebjorg Bakkehaug. Helen was raised in the Valhalla area along with her siblings on a farm and schooled at Poplar Hill. She worked at the Grande Prairie Hospital as a ward aid and later volunteered at the hospital as well. She met the love of her life at a dance at the Crystal Creek Hall on May 2, 1951, Robert (Bruce) McDonald. Bruce and Helen were married two years later on June 12, 1953. They established their home east of Grande Prairie near the Crystal Creek Hall where they raised five children. Family was her pride and joy; for whom she loved baking countless loaves of homemade bread, buns, pies, jams, cookies, squares, you name it. Helen spent many hours baking with her grandkids making Lefse and any other items the kids requested. All guests who visited the McDonald home were welcomed with a smile and got to benefit from Helen's fantastic baking. The memories of jumping off the school bus to the smell of fresh baked bread will always bring a smile to our faces. Other passions include knitting and crocheting mittens, sweaters, toques, afghans, socks, slippers, and baby blankets for her grandchildren. Helen was naturally musical, playing the piano, guitar, harp, ukulele, and mandolin for which she was self- taught. She was very proud of her garden, flowers and being able to provide a healthy meal for her family and friends. Helen and Bruce enjoyed travelling. Some of their favorite trips were to Norway, Alaska, Cuba, Mexico, to name a few along with several farm tours meeting new friends. Faith was a part of who she was, as one of Jehovah's Witnesses she studied and applied the bible principles which gave her inner peace and we take comfort knowing she is safe in God's' memory. Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband Robert (Bruce) McDonald, five children: Janet Adams (Ron), daughters Mary and Tanya Sandford (Matt), Darrell McDonald, Gerald McDonald (Denise) and children Jennifer Young (Adam), Trena Shaw (Tom), Michelle Krawetz (Mike), and Tyler (Shelley), Shirley McDonald-Norton, sons Colton and Chance Norton, Ross McDonald (Sandy) and sons Braden, Devon and Tyson along with 6 step-grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Brother Ole (Tina), sister Jenny, brother-in-law Donald McDonald (Nancy), sister-in-law Margaret Ladwig and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her parents Einar and Ingebjorg Bakkehaug, her father and mother-in-law John and Jenny McDonald (Clarkson), two sisters, Helen (whom she was named after), and Irene, sister-in-law Lena Moon and brothers-in-law Jack Moon and Keith Ladwig, Please join us in celebrating Helen's life at the Five Mile Hall, on November 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm. A social gathering of the family and friends will follow. At family's request donations can be made to Alzheimers Society of Canada ( www.alzheimer.ca ) or a charity of one's choice. Special thanks to the staff at Points West Hospice for the wonderful care and love given during this difficult time. Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home www.bearcreekfuneral.com 780-830-774213227312



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