27 July , 1935 – 9 April , 2019
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 Alexandra Plue, Amanda Raymaakers (Kevin), Great Grandsons River and Sawyer Raymaakers, Sisters Yvonne Gillan, 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 Saskatchewan 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, soon to be joined by her two daughters. The family moved to Kamloops B.C in 1966. 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 BC 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 along side 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. The family would like to thank the amazing people at Gemstone for taking such good care of Sylvia and treating her with dignity and respect during her time with them. Sylvia passed as she lived, with great integrity, bravery and kindness. Loved well, and missed forever. Do not go gentle into that goodnight........ A loving remembrance will be held in September on the lake.
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Frank and Sheila Rigby
14 April 2019
If the entire family will follow the love and caring that Sylvia showed on earth, you will always have a well marked path to support you through your life ahead. Blessings and happiness in your new journey Sylvia.
13 April 2019
Sylvia, I am fortunate to get to see the legacy you left in the strong, smart, independent women you inspired in Kimberley everyday. Kim, Kari, Amanda and Ali all shine your light of love, laugh and enjoying life to the fullest. I will think of you often. Whenever I hear singing at the Shuswap or a genuine laugh in the distance I will remember that you have lived a life full of love and light.
13 April 2019
To the family of Sylvia (Roman) Brett,
I was a LPN @ RIH in the early 1970’s. Your Mom was the Head Nurse on 1 West then & ran a very efficient ward. She may have been small but she was mighty. I always respected & admired her.
My deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of such a remarkable lady.
xo Maureen (Gelowitz) MacDonald
13 April 2019
I have fond memories of spending time with the family at Shuswap lake tearing up the dirt roads on mini bikes. Your home was my second home and you always made me feel part of the family. All my love and prayers are with Kim and Keri.
12 April 2019
Oh My Momma....Where do I begin, how do I end? You were the kindest soul I have ever known, and you taught me so very much. You always welcomed me into your warm bed and allowed me to cuddle right up to ease my fears. And always did we snuggle on the couch after a long day of your nursing. You taught me compassion, loyalty and how to become a good mother myself. You supported every decision I ever made, even though you knew it sometimes wasn't the best one for me. You allowed us pets, and ensured we spent time with our Grandparents and relatives. You sang at the top of your voice and always laughed with your whole big heart. You were never harsh and I felt warm and safe with you my entire life. Thank you for always loving me, and my girls and grandsons. You were the most amazing Baba ever. You lost so much in recent years, and through it all you maintained such grace, always smiling and continued to laugh. Now you are free Mom, to walk and talk and eat anything you want. Pirogies for sure! I miss you already and will love you forever. Your loving littlest daughter, Kari. Do not gently into that good night...