Helen I. Dowsett

Helen passed away peacefully at Mill Site Lodge on Sept. 7, 2003. Earlier she had lived at White-horse Lake, Lac la Hache for 35 years. Helen was predeceased by her husband George, and leaves her family in Ontario; brother Stan Bryson, Oakville; sister-in-law Kaye Bryson, Grimsby; nephews Murray Bryson (Carol), Winnipeg, Man.; Paul (Debbie) Bryson and niece Laurie Bryson; also many friends in Vancouver, Ontario and the Cariboo area. She was born in Barrie, Ont. where her family operated a confectionery, then the Bryson Tearoom. She trained as a nurse in Toronto and served as a nursing sister in the RCAF overseas. Following WWII, she entered graduate studies at McGill University, Montreal, Que. and later taught there. Helen went overseas again as an RCAF nursing sister in 1953 and was Matron in charge of the 3 Wing Hospital, Zweibrucken, Germany. She met and married George there. They travelled extensively in Western Europe, returning to Vancouver in 1957. After George retired from the RCAF, he operated a survival training course for the military at Jarvis Lake, Alta. Helen continued private nursing in Edmonton and Vancouver before they moved to Lac la Hache. Helen became a potter, weaver and spinner and in 1983 opened “Craft Cottage” which she operated for many years. She requested cremation, no service and her ashes will be sent to Ontario to be with her family. PEACE – ALWAYS

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