April 23, 1930 – March 21, 2020
With Heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Helen Isabel Bryant in Kamloops, BC on March 21, 2020, one month before her 90th birthday. Helen was born on April 23, 1930 in Calgary, Alberta to Helen and Harry Sykes. She grew up on the farm in Spillimacheen (former Galena, BC). She attended school in Galena until Grade six and when the school closed due to not enough pupils, she went to Harrogate for two years–riding a horse seven miles each way, and in winter by horse and sleigh. For Grade nine she went to Kamloops to St. Anne’s Academy but the burned before completion of year and she finished school by correspondence.
She married Vernon Bryant in December of 1948 and the stayed on the farm taking over the farming duties from her parents. They remained on the farm where they very successfully raised Simmental cattle until Vern’s passing in 2001. They had two children, Velma Helen and Vernon Harry. Along with farming Helen worked several outside jobs as well such as camp cooking, working for the BC Forest Service Tree Planting and checking weather stations. After Vern’s passing, she purchased a condo in Golden and in 2011 moved to Kamloops to a seniors home.
Mom was an excellent cook and always had cakes and cookies on hand for the many visitors to the farm over the years. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, gardening, and being involved in many community events. She later always enjoyed having the family come home for a weekend and preparing wonderful meals.
Helen was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Harry Sykes, her husband, Vernon and her son, Harry. Left to mourn her passing are her daughter Velma (Eugene) Cimolini, daughter-in-law Shirley Bryant, four grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Overlander Residential Care for all their kindness and care in Mom’s last months.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to the covid virus at this time.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Helen’s memory can be made to the charity or organization of your choice.
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