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Obituary for Helen Marjorie Wilcox

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Helen Marjorie Wilcox.

Helen was born and raised in Hebron to her late parents, Gordon and Margaret (Doane) Nickerson. She was the youngest of seven children and often described herself as being mischievous. She was predeceased by her siblings Louise Nickerson, Pauline Patten, Bessie Wood, Sumner Nickerson, and Frank Nickerson, and survived by her sister Mary Durkee.

Helen married Willard Churchill, and together, they had five children: Joanne (David) Carston, Debbie Churchill, Meredith Churchill, Brooke Churchill, and Gordon (April) Churchill. Sadly, she lost her beloved husband as well as Meredith and Brooke to a house fire in 1958.

Helen met and married Baker Wilcox in 1967 and moved with him to Grand Manan. Helen and Baker had two children, Andrew Wilcox and Tim (Charlene) Wilcox.

Helen lived in Grand Manan for 32 years, where she was a member of Seal Cove Wesleyan Church and worked as a janitor, first in Seal Cove and then at Grand Manan Elementary.

Helen was a woman of great faith. She taught Sunday school, hosted Bible study, and looked forward to attending Beulah camp every summer.

Helen's heart always belonged to Nova Scotia, and they moved to Port Maitland after retirement and joined Port Maitland Wesleyan Church. Baker passed in 2013.

Above all else, Helen loved her family and hosted family dinners every Sunday. She was a fantastic cook and baker. Guests were always welcome and there was always fresh baked goods on the counter. She was a beautiful quilter and gifted many to family.

Helen was blessed with her grandchildren: Randy Carston (Dawn), Roxanne Devine (Kent), Misty Chapman (John), Jeremy Churchill, Mitchel Wilcox (Megan), Noah Wilcox, Lee Wilcox, Sumner Wilcox, Hunter Wilcox, Sophie Wilcox, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Helen lived the last season of her life at the Meadows where the staff at Jay House cared for her like family. The family is so grateful for the wonderful care she received. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 2 P.M. in Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Barry Vernon officiating. The service will be live-streamed on Sweeny's Funeral Home website. A reception will follow the Service in Jacob's Loft Event Center above Sweeny's Funeral Home. Interment will take place at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Port Maitland Wesleyan Church or the Port Maitland Beaver River Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at