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Helen Epp, nee Siemens, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2011 at the age of 96 in the Menno Home, Abbotsford, BC. Helen was born in Slavgorod, Russia on March 11, 1914 to David & Margareta (Peters) Siemens. In 1926 family immigrated to Canada, living first on a 20 acre farm in Dugald, Manitoba and then on a farm in Charleswood, Manitoba.

Helen worked as a mother's helper in Winnipeg until 1930 when the family moved to Yarrow, BC where her father purchased a 40 acre farm on Dyke Road. She joined the Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church upon confession of her faith in Jesus as Saviour and baptism. There she met and married Isaac J. Epp on November 10, 1935. They lived in Yarrow until 1966, when they retired to Abbotsford and she joined the Central Heights MB Church. She always gave generously of herself to family and friends and spent many hours volunteering at MCC.

Helen was predeceased by her husband Isaac in September 1984, their first born son shortly after his birth in 1936, granddaughter Melanie Teichrob in 1981, daughter Nancy Nimelovich in 2000 and son-in-law John Nimelovich in 2001. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her children Elfrieda & Dave Loewen, Robert & Lucille Epp, Marian and Nick Allwork, Henry & Esther Epp, Beverly & Ron Teichrob and John & Terri Epp, 13 grandchildren and their spouses and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was also predeceased by her parents, her step mother, Anna, two brothers David and John in Russia and five sisters, Margaret Thiessen, Anna Voth, Mary Neufeld, Katie Regehr and Lydia (Scott) Coles. She is survived by her sister Irma (Unger) Loewen, four sisters-in-law, Susie Epp, Helen Schellenberg, Lucy Epp sister Irma (Unger) Loewen, four sisters-in-law, Susie Epp, Helen Schellenberg, Lucy Epp and Hilda Epp.

Our family is grateful for the compassionate care given to our Mom by the kind staff and caring chaplain in the Menno Home where she resided for the past five years. Burial was at the Yarrow Cemetery.

"To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24."


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