December 20, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of Sylvia Connell on December 20th at the age of 93. After a brief illness, she passed peacefully in her sleep, at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.
Sylvia was born November 12, 1925 in Nelson, BC, to Horace and Sarah Morgan. She was predeceased by her sisters Dorothy (Dolly), and June. She is survived by her loving husband Harry, their three sons Ron (Nerys), Kevin (Denise), and Brian (Evelyn), and her sister Olive, as well as her grandchildren Veronica (Doug) and Gareth (Quin) and three great grandchildren, Mason, Callum, and Seraphine.
Sylvia lived a full and active life. During WW2 she moved to Vancouver, to work in a factory that built radios for the allied forces. After the war she moved back to the West Kootenays, where she worked as a school teacher in Sheep Creek. She married her childhood sweetheart, Harry Connell, on June 1, 1946, and took up residence in Trail, BC, where she lived for the rest of her life. Harry and Sylvia celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in 2018.
Between raising their three boys, camping at Evans and Kootenay Lake, traveling in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and taking care of their house and garden, Sylvia was always busy. Like her parents, she was a passionate gardener, growing fantastic vegetables, but her favourite was her flower garden, and especially the American Beauty rose bush which her father gave her as a cutting from his garden in Nelson shortly after she was married. It produced hundreds of beautiful blossoms every year.
Mom loved to share the bounty from her garden, frequently giving vegetables and flowers to her friends, family and neighbours. She also worked devotedly to can and freeze tons of fruit and vegetables each year, which kept the family larder full over the winter. When she wasn’t busy, which was seldom, she enjoyed swimming, golfing, playing Bridge and other card games with friends and family, and visits to one casino or another.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring, which was Sylvia’s favorite time of the year. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice may be made in Sylvia’s honour.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca.
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