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BRETT, Sylvia

Sylvia Brett, 1935-2019. (via Schoening Funeral Service)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Wife, Baba, and Sister.

Survived by her daughters Kim Roman and Kari Wheatley (Cameron); granddaughters Amanda Raymaakers (Kevin) and Alexandra Plue; great-grandsons River and Sawyer Raymaakers; sisters Yvonne Gillan and Zoria Smith; brother Lawrence Boychuk; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her loving husband Ralph Brett, parents Andrew and Katherine Boychuk, and sister Jeanette.

Born in Kamsack, Sask. on the family farm, Sylvia enjoyed her time tending to and having long talks with her friend Sally the goat and the other barnyard animals. Thus began her lifelong love of all creatures large and small. She began her nursing career attending the University of Saskatoon and continued in San Francisco. She graduated top of her class as Valedictorian.

She met and married her husband in 1964, soon to be joined by her two daughters. The family moved to Kamloops where Syl began her long nursing career at the Royal Inland Hospital. She was well respected and known for her compassion by all, and in the latter part of her career, became the diabetic teacher for the Lower Mainland.

Sylvia married her dear Ralphie (a.k.a. Fluffy) amidst her career, and they enjoyed their time between Kamloops and the Shuswap, along with their much loved Haggis. Upon retirement, the two began to travel. They visited places all over the world, and eventually lived the R.V. life which stole their hearts. Mom would spend hours upon hours walking beautiful warm beaches, collecting shells and anything else she could find to add to her crafting skills. Always accompanied by her Ralphie and Haggis. Sister Yvonne was often found right alongside them all.

Sylvia was known for her intelligence and compassion, and her incredible energy as well. Her laughter and zest for life could be found at the lake, as she became to be known as the Songstress of the Shuswap. Sylvia passed as she lived, with great integrity, bravery and kindness.

Loved well, and missed forever. Do not go gentle into that good night... 

A loving remembrance will be held in September on the lake.

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