Claire Beatrice Helmers (nee Sansom)


May 8, 1945 – Jan 20, 2024

Claire passed away rather unexpectedly after months of complications following surgery. Left to mourn are her children Victoria Helmers and Danny (Hollie) Helmers,
grandchildren Christina Harrington and Kara Pitre, Sophia and Grayson Helmers, sisters Carmen Pearce and Janice MacNeil, sister-in-law Sandra Sansom as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Philip Sansom.

Claire was a vibrant woman. She was witty, intelligent, sarcastic, a brilliant writer, caring, vivacious, beautiful inside and out, a well-loved member of the LDS Church, she couldn’t wait to be a grandma and enjoyed every minute with her grandchildren, and she loved her children immensely. She also enjoyed being with her family, and was the loudest at every family gathering. She had a wonderful laugh, was passionate about American
politics, and the Toronto Blue Jays. She was giving, loved buying gifts and wrapping them beautifully. She loved the beauty of spring, summer and fall, and couldn’t wait to spend time at the lake, outdoor pools, and Hawrelak park every summer. A KFC picnic was a must-have when she took us to the pool or lake, while we lived in Lethbridge AB. She was a fantastic cook, who made the best carrot cake and spaghetti sauce, and spent Saturdays baking bread, buns, and cinnamon buns, way back when. She was liked and loved by everyone who knew her, our hearts break for this enormous loss, and she will be missed forever.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, February 5th at 1 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints at 1203-109 Street NW Edmonton, AB. Victoria and Danny request that all attendees wear something red, or pin a red rose to their shirt in honour of Claire, as it was her favourite colour.

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Bonnie Pryor

I worked with Claire for several years at West Division Police Station. She was a great friend and co-worker and was someone I could always have a laugh with, or an in-depth conversation with. She was always dressed cheerfully, makeup done to a “T” and bejeweled! She was also one of those people who seemed to know something about almost everything! I’m sure she’s having some great conversations with God now! Miss you Claire.


I am so truly sorry for your loss of your beautiful Mom, she will always be remembered for the special woman she was.. sending my love and prayers to you and your family xoox

Sascha Bernhardt

Our deepest condolences to Danny and his family. We wish you a lot of strength and solidarity during this difficult time.

Cousin Roland Requier

My deepest condolences to Clair’s family.
I will be there in spirit, on the 5th.I live in Mexico during the winter


We are so sorry for the loss of your sister. She was a unique and very likable lady. We always enjoyed our family get together s when she occasionally joined us. We loved her humor and her sarcasm . The world is definitely going to be duller place without her.

Rosemarie Bailleul

I was so deeply sorry to hear of Claire’s passing. I was just thinking the week before that I needed to go and visit her. Claire was everything you described – and then some. She was a wonderful friend, and I will forever cherish her memory. My deepest, most sincere condolences for the loss of your beautiful mother. Her memory will live on forever.

Kathy Brown

Claire was one of the most interesting people I ever met. I will miss her very much, especially the lively conversations/arguments we enjoyed.