Obituaries

Roy Schlievert
B: 1937-02-03
D: 2020-05-22
View Details
Schlievert, Roy
James Raycroft
B: 1969-12-31
D: 2020-05-18
View Details
Raycroft, James
T. Stewart McCann
B: 1926-11-20
D: 2020-05-14
View Details
McCann, T. Stewart
William "Ray" Scott
B: 1950-12-24
D: 2020-05-13
View Details
Scott, William "Ray"
Mary "Mae" Wilson
B: 1926-08-30
D: 2020-05-11
View Details
Wilson, Mary "Mae"
John "Jack" Wall
B: 1935-05-28
D: 2020-05-07
View Details
Wall, John "Jack"
Brian Hand
B: 1948-04-07
D: 2020-04-27
View Details
Hand, Brian
Grace Stephenson
B: 1936-04-02
D: 2020-04-25
View Details
Stephenson, Grace
Aiden Fotherby - Verk
B: 2009-05-01
D: 2020-04-25
View Details
Fotherby - Verk, Aiden
Gerald Kirby
B: 1937-01-23
D: 2020-04-24
View Details
Kirby, Gerald
Irene Campbell (Robertson)
B: 1920-08-29
D: 2020-04-19
View Details
Campbell (Robertson), Irene
Dian Duthie
B: 1952-02-19
D: 2020-04-14
View Details
Duthie, Dian
Norma Andrews
B: 1927-02-18
D: 2020-04-14
View Details
Andrews, Norma
Eileen Fulton
B: 1929-07-27
D: 2020-04-13
View Details
Fulton, Eileen
Elva Robey Martin
B: 1931-05-15
D: 2020-04-11
View Details
Robey Martin, Elva
Jean Byrne
B: 1931-04-30
D: 2020-04-11
View Details
Byrne, Jean
Faye Lyon
B: 1929-02-13
D: 2020-04-11
View Details
Lyon, Faye
Helen Pragnell
B: 1926-02-07
D: 2020-04-11
View Details
Pragnell, Helen
Paul Munro
B: 1952-11-01
D: 2020-04-08
View Details
Munro, Paul
Lois Lind
B: 1925-04-01
D: 2020-04-06
View Details
Lind, Lois
Christian Bredfeldt
B: 1927-04-15
D: 2020-04-05
View Details
Bredfeldt, Christian

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
127 Church Street
P.O. Box 370
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
Phone: 1-613-256-3313
Fax: 1-613-256-6300
Helen Pragnell

Helen Scott Pragnell (Driver)

Sunday, February 7th, 1926 - Saturday, April 11th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Helen Pragnell, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Helen Pragnell

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Obituary

Pragnell, Helen Scott
(February 7, 1926-April 11, 2020)

At 94 years of age, Helen Scott Pragnell (nee Driver) passed peacefully of natural causes at Fairview Manor in Almonte on Saturday April 11, 2020, with her eldest son at her bedside. She was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and was the only child of the late Kate and Harold Driver. Helen was predeceased by her husband and partner, Herbert Francis Pragnell. Loving and proud mother of Ian (Nancy), Scott (Eileen), David (Heather) and Richard (Charlotte). Beloved Nana to seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by the family and Donata, her long-time caregiver and friend. Helen graduated from the Montreal General Hospital of Nursing in 1947 and started work with the Victorian Order of Nurses. In 1949 she graduated from McGill University with a post graduate degree in Public Health. It was during this time that Helen met Herb who had just graduated from the McGill Faculty of Engineering.
The family moved in 1959 to Almonte because Helen believed that the “friendly” town would be a good place to raise four young rambunctious boys. She was right, as usual. Helen resumed her nursing career in 1967 with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark County District Health Unit, retiring in 1985. Her favorite part of the job was teaching the prenatal classes and driving around the District bouncing newborn babies on her knee. Helen was actively involved with the Almonte United Church and held various positions and worked tirelessly on numerous church committees. She also volunteered with the Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and other community projects.
Several years ago, Helen was diagnosed with dementia. With her usual calm demeanour, she fought back against the disease for as long as she could at home until she moved into Fairview Manor. She will be remembered as a caring and compassionate mother, a trail blazer, the captain of the Pragnell family and will be missed by all who knew her. Lastly, she was an elegant woman who stuck to her principles and loved her family dearly.
Special thanks for the great care and support provided by all of Helen’s home caregivers and the Fairview Manor staff. Given the current public health concerns over COVID-19 a Celebration of Life for Helen will be held later. Being a Public Health Nurse Helen would understand and she would also remind you to wash your hands. There will be a private family spring interment at the Auld Kirk.
If desired, donations in memory of Helen can be made to Fairview Manor or the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark County.
Don’t’ know where, don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

Funeral Arrangements Entrusted Into The Care Of
C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc.
(127 Church St., Almonte, ON., 613-256-3313)
Condolences & Tributes: www.crgamble.com
Read Less

Service Details

  • Interment

    Location
    Auld Kirk Cemetery
    Address
    1923 Ramsay Concession 8 and Wolfgrove Road
    ALMONTE, ON K0A 1A0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Donations

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Helen here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Helen
0 trees have been planted in memory of Helen Scott Pragnell (Driver)
BP

Barbara Provost

Posted at 10:27am
Dear Ian, Nancy and family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Our sincere condolences.
Barbara and Peter Provost
ML

Margaret Lucas

Posted at 09:50pm
Richard, Charlotte and Family. Sorry to read about your moms passing. She was a nice lady. A memory that I have of her that stands out was from 1985 when she attended a baby shower at my home. She was surprised when I served a salad and did not have salad tongs. The next day she arrived back at my place with salad tong she for me. I use them still and smile when I think of her. Margaret Lucas(Burns)
CR

Cecilia & Terry Russell

Posted at 09:24pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pragnell family at this difficult time. May the passing of time and your fond memories of Helen help with your grief.
JT

Julie Townsend

Posted at 12:44pm
My deepest condolences to the Pragnell family for your loss, esp Ian, David, Scott and Richard. I was a part of the Pragnell family for 9 years from 1979 to 1988. During that time, Helen was like a second mother to me. She had a significant impact on my life and I have many fond memories of our years together. I still have a full length Scott Tartan kilt that she gave me. She made me promise never to shorten it! Helen was organized, efficient, caring and charismatic. She had a quick wit and was dedicated to her family. I'm sure she will be dearly missed by those who knew her!
AL

Allan Lowry

Posted at 02:17pm
My sympathies to the entire Pragnell family. I went to ADHS from grade 9-12 with Ian. After my wife and I married and started having children we met your mother through the health unit. She always seemed so gracious. When our family started going to Almonte United Church we had many good times with your parents. May your memories help to fill the vacancy left in your hearts.
Allan and Donna Lowry
Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each