Our beloved friend, wife, sister – Helen Elizabeth Palmer – died peacefully in her sleep aged 86. Helen had a long, happy, productive life, full of love, fun and friendship. She reachd out to those around her, always ready to listen and help. She find it hard to say “No” and was always concerned to look around and befriend other people. We remember her as someone with a big smile and an active sense of humour, we know that when something made her laugh, she could laugh until the tears ran down her face!
At the start of her adult life, Helen would have said that her achievements were her work and her study. She was a gifted trainer, patient and creative in her teaching. She encouraged and assisted the learning and development of many people, helping them to achieve their full potential and to gain knowledge. She was a real renaissance woman, interested in so many things: German and English literature, linguistics, dialects, language, IT and technology and let’s not forget her love of music. Above all she was a compulsive reader, passionate about her love of reading and sharing books.
If you asked her after her mid-thirties about her achievements, she would have said her fmaily. Alan and Helen loved and raised their two children, who have become generous, warm, loving adults. Helen also loved her 6 grandchildren and revelled in their precociousness, boring everyone with her video clips on her embedded cardigan computer.
Helen is particularly loved and mourned by her husband Alan, who called her his ‘bright shiny star’ and by her two oldest friends, Mags and Sal. Together, Sal, Mags and Helen were three formidable ladies and were known in West London as the ‘purple-hatted gang’, revered for their loud conversations, wicked sense of humour and their ability to play tricks on all their neighbours! The local cafe, “The Nice Cup of Tea” will particularly miss Helen, their most loyal customer. Helen accounted for 80% of their english breakfast tea and flapjack consumption!
Finally we remember Helen as a traveller, eager to explore and find new places to belong.