Helga Williams (The Word Lady) was born in Halle, Germany October 10, 1939 and passed away on September 6th, 2006 at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital after a lengthy illness. A love of travel took Helga around the world and back, always seeking new adventures. She and her family lived in England, Australia, and the United States and, after immigrating to Canada in 1969, Banff, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, and Victoria.
A professional photographer and writer (in addition to many articles and columns she was also the author of Wordplay, illustrated by her husband, E. Colin Williams and published by Sono Nis Press), Helga was also a fabulous teacher. Her photography and ESL classes were not just informative, they were also a great deal of fun. A Scrabble champion and founder of the Victoria Scrabble Club, Helga's knack for knowing just the right word was legendary. Victoria residents enjoyed her CFAX appearances and looked forward to her Wordplay columns in the Times Colonist.
Helga's weekly "International House of Music" broadcasts on CJOK radio in Fort McMurray entertained listeners for several years. Helga's sense of humour and love of life were obvious to all who knew her. A passion for music was a constant in her life and not long after her move to Victoria she became a member of the Gettin' Higher Choir in Victoria. The choir, the music, and the friendships she developed in this community of song played a central role in her life in her final years.