Stacey Rachelle Helps
1986 - 2017
Stacey Helps delighted the world by entering it on September 1st 1986. She was the second child of Lorraine and Rick Helps and joined her brother, Derek as the final addition to our family. Proud grandparents, Elgin and Joan Helps and Pete and Mary Wall were excited to have another grandchild enter their lives.
As a little girl Stacey enjoyed all the things that little girls like to do; birthday parties, sleepovers, playing in the park with grandparents, family camping and especially swimming. She enjoyed t-ball and gymnastics as well as being a member of the local Brownies. She enjoyed her Sunday School classes and loved doing activities with her friends. Pets played an important role in Stacey’s life and she had many. Hamsters and rabbits were a mainstay for many years and most recently her cherished dog, Brady and cat, TeeTee. Stacey was a member of Air Cadets for 6 years, ages 12-18. During this time she got to experience many new things including traveling to Nova Scotia as well as being employed as a Staff Cadet at Penhold Air Cadet Summer Training Centre. During her school years, Stacey developed many lasting friendships, many of which she maintained to this day.
After graduating Stacey was employed locally serving in restaurants and working reception desks at local hotels. It was during this time that she was diagnosed as a Type1 diabetic. At the age of 24, she decided to spread her wings and moved to Winnipeg. She worked at the Osbourne Village diner and loved her job, meeting so many new and interesting people as well as developing new friendships. Her dad would often go to Winnipeg and visit at the diner and would later enjoy spending time together shopping, going to a movie or just hanging out. While living in the city, Stacey began to fall ill and this eventually caused her to move back home as she was unable to deal with the disease on her own. With Stacey back at home, she developed a passion for cooking family meals. Hours were spent scouring recipes, of which she would “tweak” to her satisfaction. She anxiously awaited the arrival of the local papers so she could go through all the grocery flyers to seek out the best deals for buying supplies. Her weekly shopping ventures in Winkler always included lunch at Grandma Wall’s, which was a very special time to her.
Stacey was able to remain very active during the next several years, enjoying motorcycle trips with her dad, family camping, going to all sorts of odd restaurants in Winnipeg on what she called Daddy/Daughter days. She loved spending time with our Mom around the backyard fire pit on summer nights, either at our home or our good backyard neighbour friends. Stacey truly enjoyed her time volunteering at the Pembina Valley Humane Society and continued to do so up until she was unable to physically do so. Family time became so very important to Stacey. She was very insistent that the family spend more time together and to greatly value that time. She loved going to her brothers’ house for late night cook-offs and just hanging out.
Stacey’s health began to deteriorate during 2016 and 2017, spending a over 30 weeks in Winnipeg hospitals and BTHC. Just prior to this Christmas, she became critically ill and on December 27th she was rushed to Winnipeg
She is survived by her parents, Rick and Lorraine Helps, brother, Derek, grandmothers, Joan Helps and Mary Wall, aunts, Janet Boxell, Sharon Wall and Patricia (Andrew) Prokopchuk and eight cousins. Predeceased by her grandfathers, Elgin Helps, Peter Wall and Uncle Randy Helps.
Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday January 4, 2018 at Westside Community Church with interment at Hillside Cemetery. The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and specialists who provided treatment to Stacey over the years. Special thanks to the staff at the dialysis unit and ER at BTHC. Thanks to our family and friends for providing support during Stacey’s difficult journey. Thanks to Wiebe Funeral Homes, Westside Community Church, Rev. M. Vincent and to all those that helped make Stacey’s goodbye so much easier for us. Donations may be made in Stacey’s memory to the BTHC Foundation (designated to the Dialysis Unit).
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements