Winchester Press – obit – Helen Donna (Hum) Melvin
Helen Donna (Hum) Melvin
Helen Donna (Hum) Melvin, who was born Sept.20, 1931 in Winnipeg, left us peacefully on Dec. 30, 2007 at 1:37pm in the loving hands of her devoted friend and caregiver ConcitaGalban, and nephews Craig and Scott Jacks.
Helen had muscular atrophy at birth that was progressive to theage of 11, and left her quadriplegic. Soon after she learned towrite then paint with her mouth. She was predeceased by parentsCarl and Wynonna Melvin, and siblings David, Joan, and Marion.She is survived by brother-in-law Quentin Jacks, and nephews Terry,Ron, Brad, Craig, and Scott Jacks.
Helen, a great artist, mastered the medium of floral watercolour.She overcame her physical disabilities with internal fortitude,positive attitude, accomplishment, and faith. She encouraged otherswith disabilities, and was the president of an indoor sports club.She will be greatly missed by her relatives in the U.S.A. andin eastern Canada. Helen was also a writer very much involvedwith her family and relatives, and wrote much about her innerfeelings as well as family history. She taught her nephews thelove of reading, music, art, and positive thinking. In her latteryears she sponsored, then adopted, a family of six Filipinos whotook superb care of her, and soon became her own family. Helenremains the example and inspiration to all that knew her.
A celebration of her life will take place on Fri., Feb. 1, 2008,at 1:30 pm at the Canadian Memorial Church, 16th and Burrard Streetin Vancouver.
At Helen’s request, donations can be made to the church.