Helen G. KERR

Kerr: Helen G. Kerr passed away on December 6, 2004 in Osoyoos, 5 days short of her 86th birthday.

Helen was the youngest child of Jack and Lena Schneider and was born December 11, 1918 on a very cold day in a log cabin in Upper Hat Creek.

Survived by her son Bob Schneider, his wife Norma and their two sons Darren and Brad and their families (three great-grandchildren), one daughter Arlene and her son, sister Edna Lehman, sister in-law Elsie Schneider, Verna Harden (Kerr), many nieces and nephews on both Schneider/Lehman and Kerr sides of the family.

Helen was predeceased by her husband Alvin Kerr, brother Henry Schneider, brothers in-law Ike Lehman, Irwin Kerr, Frank Kerr, nephews Raymond and Frankie Kerr and sister in-law Violet Kerr.

Horses and the outdoor life of ranching were a way of life for Aunt Helen, she could ride and rope with the best of them and in 1999 she was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame, a fitting tribute for the lifestyle she loved so much.

In June of 1949 she married Alvin Kerr, together they ranched and rode the range in one form or another until Alvin’s death in 1976. About 15 years ago Helen and her son Bob and his family were able to find each other, this opened a new and wonderful chapter in her life, a few years later she was able to also meet her daughter Arlene.

Helen will be sadly missed by all her family and many, many friends. She was one of a kind, the likes of which are few and far between.

A memorial service will be held later in the spring, either in Ashcroft or Clinton for all family and friends to gather and remember Helen.

As per her request her ashes will be spread in Upper Hat Creek with her brother Henry Schneider near the family homestead.


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