Helen Marie Souza-Bryant

1965 - 2007 Obituary Condolences
Kern County Sheriff's Detentions Deputy We lost our beloved wife, sister, aunt, niece, daughter- in-law, and friend to complications following emergency surgery. Helen was a most loving and compassionate family member and friend. Helen was preceded in death by her parents Frank J. and Marie Souza. She is survived by her loving husband of just five short years, Kern County Sheriff Detentions Sergeant Michael R. Bryant; three sisters and their families, Mark and Sandi Souza Montgomery, Don and Terri Geivet, and Delbert and Trudy Mooney; brother, Steven and Leigh Souza; in-laws, Ray and Mary Bryant; 16 nieces and nephews, 15 grand- nieces and nephews, plus one on the way, several aunts and uncles, and one precious Goddaughter, Alexandria Dahlke. Oh, and we mustn't forget Helen's baby, Marina THE Chihuahua. Helen was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church serving as a Eucharistic Minister. One of her greatest prides was her Portuguese heritage and being an active member of the Portuguese Union of the State of California (V.P.E.C.) fraternal organization. Helen raised many dollars toward cancer research as a team member of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Cure Searchin' Souzas. She was also a Star Trek enthusiast. Helen was a 1983 graduate of Bakersfield High School. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and had been employed by the Kern County Sheriffs Dept. for the last 19 years. She loved The Department, especially the way they came together during times of need. Helen's greatest desire and prayer in her short life was for family peace and harmony. Our family's greatest comfort is knowing Helen is reunited in Heaven with Mom and Dad (Gramps and Grams). Rosary will be recited Monday, August 27th, at 7:00 p.m., and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 28th, at 9:00 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church, 900 H St., followed by burial at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery, 2739 Panama Lane, all in Bakersfield. Rev. Fr. Craig Harrison, Pastor, St. Francis Church will officiate. Pallbearers are Helen's nephews, Adam Camps, Jim Clarke, Ryan Geivet, Sean Geivet, Harry Herbst, John Mooney and David Wanner. In lieu of flowers contributions to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Cure Searchin' Souzas, 1523 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301 in Helen's memory would be appreciated. Helen Marie Souza-Bryant May 27, 1965 - Aug. 21, 2007 Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2007
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