Helen was born on August 15, 1926, at Mt. Cartier near Revelstoke to John and Stella Ozero (nee Soberlac).
She came to Vancouver as a young woman in the 1940s joining her cousin Anne Skrypnyk and working at Kelly Douglas. Helen always enjoyed dancing and going out with friends. She married Douglas Payie in 1955 and sadly was widowed in 1962. Helen worked at Eaton’s Brentwood for many years and later enjoyed frequenting the mall and seeing many friendly neighbours and staff, particularly at Zellers. Helen had a gift for getting to know people and remembering names.
Helen, died on January 21, 2012. She was predeceased by her brother, Adam (Edie), and cousin Anne Collier (nee Skyrpnyk). She leaves many Ozero and Soberlac cousins around B.C. and Ontario, as well as her aunt Ann Young in the Cowichan valley, her sister-in-law Pat Chapman in Kamloops, and the Collier family Ken (Marj King), Maureen (Jim LeMaistre) and Sharon (Peter Crawford) and Lauren Collier Crawford.
Helen is fondly remembered for her sweet smile and kind disposition.
Please join us for a celebration of Helen’s life at St.Timothy, Burnaby, 4550 Kitchener st, corner of Willingdon on Sat.Feb.11 at 11:00 a.m. followed by refreshments.
Another celebration of Helen’s life will be held in Revelstoke in the spring; further information to follow.