Helen Augustine
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Obituary of Helen Augustine

AUGUSTINE, Helen (Ella) Patricia (nee Mooney)
On Sunday May 7th, 2017 God rang the bell to let Helen know heaven was ready for her. Helen was a headstrong but kind wee Scottish lady who deeply loved her late husband William (Bill) and her huge family. Her girls Claire (Doug) Ward, Janice (Gino) Arcaro, Laura Nixon (Mike Reid), Ellen (Drew) Wakeham, Phyllis (Greg) Sprout and Lorraine Augustine-Brunelle will love and cherish their Mom's memory forever. Helens 23 grandchildren will remember their Grandma for her endless time babysitting them, giving advice to them (whether they wanted it or not) and the endless pots of tea and cookies she shared with them on each visit.  Her 6 great grand kids will look back at memories of their great grandma giving them a hug and visiting her on Sundays for family dinners. She held us all to high standards and gently demanded better. Helen joins her parents, Michael and Sarah, her sisters Cathy (John) Porter, May (Bill) Aylward, her brothers Jim (Helen), Edward, Jack (Rena) and Fred Mooney and brother-in-law Allan. She will be sadly missed by her in-laws Vi Mooney, Louis and Elaine Augustine, Patricia Augustine and Jim and Marilyn Kloetstra as well as rest of the Mooney and Augustine clans.  Helen grew up in Rutherglen, Scotland during the war, living in a small tenement building where she and her siblings ran amuck. Her parents passed away early in her life and Helen and her sisters and brothers made their way to Canada by ship to start a new life. Before meeting Bill, Helen worked in the payroll department at Robin Hood with her pal Pearl Roscoe. She loved going to church dances with a large group of family and friends.  Lifelong close partners in every endeavour, Bill and Helen raised 6 daughters, managed Augustine’s School Bus, helped Bill succeed in several political campaigns, bowled, square danced and camped always together as a unit.  In true fashion to the partnership, it is no surprise that Helen quickly followed Bill into Heaven to continue their partnership in paradise. Helen loved her faith and her church and spent many years as a member of the Catholic Women’s League, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir. She recently became a strong member of the Legion of Mary and loved her time with fellow members doing God’s work.  They both loved to travel and Helen mostly loved being with her girls and her siblings. She taught all of us the importance of family, never giving up, how to love and how to be kind and gracious to the very end.  The Augustine family will receive visitors at the DAVIDSON FUNERAL HOME, 135 Clarence Street, Port Colborne on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with Vigil prayers recited at the funeral home on Friday at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  Rite of Committal will follow at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery. Donations may be made to the St. Patrick’s Church Front Entrance Fund. Online guest register and condolences available at www.davidsonfuneralhome.com