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(Barbara) Helen Preston (nee Noble) left this world June 1, 2022 at the age of 92.  Helen passed away peacefully, according to her wishes, in the North Shore Hospice under the wonderful care of Doctor Anis Lahka.

Helen was a lifelong volunteer, contributing to many organizations including the Girl Guides of Canada as a Leader, District Commissioner and Trainer.  She supported special needs children at Pearkes Clinic in Victoria and Larson Road Elementary in North Van.  She served on many committees of The United Church wherever she lived, most recently at Lynn Valley United.  She was a founding member of the North Shore Needle Arts Guild, and was recognized, with her husband Don, by the City of North Vancouver for their contributions to the community.

Mum's warmth and caring heart was valued by many.  She always thought of others, seldom, if ever, putting her needs first.  Her strong Christian faith combined with the Scottish fortitude of her parents meant she was accepting and courageous.  That strength of character was evident in her final days, which were difficult.  She faced each grueling day with graceful acceptance, always seeing the positive side of situations that would make others quake.

*A Celebration of Life will be held at Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Hwy, North Vancouver BC

July 23, 2022 @ 2 pm

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Helen's name to: The Kiwanis Housing Society of North Vancouver.

As per her long-standing wishes, Mum has been cremated.  There will be no internment.  She would want only that you keep her in your memories and prayers.

* If you plan to attend, please let us know via email to 

Submitted by Susan Carberry (daughter)



Pat Hoople about 1 month ago

My family moved to Nelson BC from Ontario in 1961. We immediately joined Girl Guides and Helen was my “captain”. The Preston family moved from Nelson and many years later we reconnected as Telus volunteers…then ran into Helen and Don often since we lived in North Van….Helen was always positive and
Never complained! Many good memories of Helen throughout the years!
God Bless!
Pat Hoople

Pat McVicar 26 days ago

I will miss Helen. She was always cheerful and never complained. It was a pleasure to be in her company.

Elly S. 24 days ago

Helen was such a sweet kind lady. She generously invited me for tea one day when I was in turmoil and ended up talking with her as she lived close to me at the time. I forget the situation but I remember her generosity. I remember her for her upbeat attitude and constant chuckles and laughter.

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