Helena M. Corning
It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Helena Marion (nee Lord) Corning announce her passing on May 3rd, 2020 at the Saint John Regional Hospital at the age of 102.
Born in Pleasant Ridge, NB, on March 19, 1918, she was the second of seven children born to the late Everett and Laura (Johnston) Lord and loving wife of the late Phil Corning of Flume Ridge.
She is survived by one sister-in-law, Marie Lord of St. Andrews, and many devoted nieces, nephews and cousins. Although she never gave birth, she was a ‘Mother’ to many. Her "family" on Flume Ridge also held a very special place in her heart.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sisters – Beulah and Thelma, and four brothers – Allen, Sydney, Fred and Melvin, one niece and three nephews.
She and Phil lived a life close to the land on the farm on Flume Ridge. She was a beautiful cook, especially famous for her molasses cookies and graham cracker pie. Her larder was always ready for winter with canning, pickling and jams. She earned a living as a weaver for Cottage Craft of St. Andrews. She was an avid card player, always ready for a rousing game of 45’s, 63’s or gin rummy. She enjoyed her daily crosswords and word search puzzles.
After becoming a widow at the age of 57, she obtained her driver’s license and gained some much-enjoyed independence.
She left her many friends on Flume Ridge for St. Andrews in 1991 where she was able to spend much more time with her family.
After her mobility brought her challenges, she began a new phase of life with her decision to move to Passamaquoddy Lodge in 2011. She loved having visitors and had many stories to tell. You could always find a jigsaw puzzle on the go. All of the staff at the Lodge became friends, and she enjoyed all their antics. She often said, "Where else could you be warm, get three meals a day and have someone to look after you."
Due to the COVID-19 distancing regulations, there will be no public visitation. A private family graveside service will take place at the Union Church Cemetery in Brockway, NB.
It was her wish that any donations be made to the Shriner’s Childrens’ Hospital or the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mehanfuneralhome.ca