Helene Grace Dueck died Nov. 8, 2008. She was born Aug. 26, 1924 to Johann and Helene Dueck in Gnadenheim, Ukraine. In 1943, having experienced years of persecution, hunger, fear, and want, Helene left her homeland. With the aid of MCC, she came to Canada in 1948. Helene attended a local Bible school and confirmed her faith through baptism, joining the MB church in Gem, Alta. After training at MB Bible College in Winnipeg and later at the University of B.C., she fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher. She taught in Manitoba, Austria, Switzerland, and northern B.C. Helene loved children and was a very good storyteller. Health problems led to retirement in 1974. Predeceased by 1 brother, she is mourned by 2 sisters, 1 brother, and her nieces and nephews. The funeral was Nov. 15 at Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel, Abbotsford, B.C.