Helen Bryan ALU
August 9, 1920 – April 21, 2021
Helen Bryan Alu, 100 Helen Bryan Alu passed away peacefully April 21 at her home at Creve Coeur Assisted Living after a long and wonderful life. She is survived by her daughter, Dana Kennedy and husband, Thomas, of Massachusetts; her son, Bryan Alu of Florida; her granddaughter, Colleen Osborne and husband, Andrew, of Connecticut; her grandsons, Morgan Alu and Conor Alu of Colorado, and her great- granddaughter, Lydia, of Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.
Helen was born in New Bloomfield, Mo. and was the youngest of nine children of Felix Bryan and Fannie Clatterbuck Bryan. She attended the University of Missouri, leaving school to become a hairdresser in 1939.
In 1944 she married Thomas Alu, also a hairdresser. The two went on to own and operate five beauty salons in St. Louis during their marriage of forty- eight years. Helen worked as a hairdresser for seventy- four years until the age of 93. In 2013 Helen was recognized by the Professional Beauty Association for her dedication and commitment to her career.
Helen was known by her many friends for her kindness, generosity, homemade peanut brittle, beautiful seamstress creations, and exceptional bowling talent. In addition, Helen was always an avid reader and frequented the large print section of the St. Louis County Library. She always looked forward to the book deliveries to her residence at Creve Coeur Assisted Living.
Helen cherished her 62 years in the Chevy Chase Olivette neighborhood, where she made many lifelong friends. After she moved to Creve Coeur Assisted Living a few years ago, she appreciated the ongoing support and visits of her friends from many walks of life.
The family would like to thank the staff at Creve Coeur Assisted Living, her personal aides from Pear Tree Home Care, and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. There will be a memorial service for Helen at a later date this summer. Her ashes will be buried at a family plot in Fulton, MO.
Memorial contributions are welcome in Helen’s memory to the St. Louis County Library Foundation, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131.
- St. Louis County Library Foundation
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Helen Bryan ALU
April 30, 2021
I was so lucky to have met Helen while she was living at Creve Coeur Assisted Living. I remember trying to work around her busy schedule of friends and family visitors and beauty shop appointments. I became very close to Helen over the 3 1/2 years of working with her. She would sit and talk for hours and sometimes she would try to talk instead of exercise. I helped her do many things while I was waiting for her to get ready to come downstairs to the therapy gym. I loved every minute I was able to spend with her. She will for sure be missed. I Cherished our phone calls where most of the time I’m sure she couldn’t hear me. Haha. My daughter knew her and loved to talk/sing to her. She always talked me into filling out the PCH sweepstakes for her. She always said she would give me 1/2 of the winnings for helping her enter. She was optimistic and really thought she was for sure going to win. God Love her. I had the pleasure of meeting Dana and Bryan and Many friends. I almost felt like I was part of her family. I always told her she had more friends than I did. She had the best personality and I truely believe that everyone who met her instantly became friends with her. I know when she told me she was going to be a great grandma, she was so excited. I’m sure she will grow up knowing how special she was to her. I will miss her very much. I know she will always be looking over us all. I am so sorry for your loss. Lots of prayers for you all.
Love, Kaye West
April 24, 2021
Farewell my Sweet Helen...I will miss our talks and your funny stories...till we meet again..Dana and Bryan you had one the best moms..you were so lucky to have had her for so many years..she talked of you both often..hold tight to those precious memories...Take Care..Gloria
April 24, 2021
I lived two doors down from Helen for almost 20 years. She was more than a neighbor, she was a cherished friend. I loved hearing her talk about her days as a hairdresser, her adventures with her husband, Tommy, and her bowling adventures. Helen was an excellent bowler, bowling in a league into her 90s!! We shared many meals and hands of gin rummy. When she moved into assisted living, the street just wasn’t the same and I still miss her when I look at her house now. I’m so glad I was able to see her in person these last few weeks. She lived a long and wonderful life and I’m so grateful for her friendship. I will miss her more than I can say. My prayers are with Dana and Bryan and their families.