Helen Anna Bye Egbert
August 5, 2020
Helen Anna Bye Egbert passed away July 27, 2020 at the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook, MT at the age of 94. She was just a few months shy of her 95th birthday. Please join us in celebrating her life Thursday morning, July 30, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical Church in Harlem, MT. Memorial donations in Helen's honor may be made to the Evangelical Church of Harlem, P.O. Box 934, Harlem, MT 59526. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please visit Helen's online memorial page at http://www.hollandbonine.com to leave a message of condolence for her family.
Helen was born on October 16, 1925 in Harlem, MT to parents Chris and Anna Bye. Helen attended Turner Schools as a youngster and graduated from Harlem High in 1944. Helen married Howard "Tom" Egbert on the Egbert Farm, September 1, 1945, shortly after his honorable discharge from the Navy. Their first daughter, Rita Ann, was born on December 19, 1946. A still-born son, Ross Bye, was born on September 14, 1949. Gregory William joined their family on August 27, 1951. Their last child, Tammy Chris, arrived years later, on December 14, 1958.
Helen was known as a seamstress and could sew anything, including a multitude of gorgeous dresses for her daughter, Rita. She was also an excellent cook, putting her skill to use for numerous thrashing crews and hired men over the years. She shared her love of cooking with her whole family and always had room at her table for a guest. Helen also enjoyed traveling. She visited Norway with her brother and nephew. While in Norway, she discovered cousins she had never seen before. Helen also went to Alaska with long-time friends, Ethel Cowell and Norma Petersen. She accompanied Don, Rita, Heather, and Heath on their Hawaiian vacation, where she visited the islands of Oahu and Mai. Helen also explored the U.S. with Tammy and her family, visiting a variety of places such as Disneyland and The Grand Canyon. Helen loved to hike. She and her brother and nephew hiked trails throughout Glacier National Park, even hiking the strenuous trail to Granite Park Chalet. She loved music and entertained her family with silly songs that she played on the piano and accordion. Her family loved her renditions of "Queenie", "Barnacle Bill", "Three Little Fishies", and "Marsie Doats". Helen was never without her lipstick and had to put her "face" on every morning. A self-proclaimed "clipper-dipper", she was a classy lady, always dressed nicely from head to toe. She loved her Lord and went to church at the ECNA church in Harlem. Helen faithfully read her Bible every morning and night and could recite scripture verses by heart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard "Tom" Egbert; son, Ross Egbert; granddaughter, Abbey Ann Point; parents Chris and Anna Bye; and siblings, Art, Odin, Myrtle, Clara, Charlie, and Ed.
Helen is survived by her children, Rita (Don), Greg (Susie), and Tammy (Robert); grandchildren, Heather (Casey) Jorgenson, Heath (Tawna) Richman, Coy (Katie) Egbert, Cassie (Dustin DeYong, Garrett (Chelsea) Point, and Shelby Point; great-grandchildren, Tylie Richman, Chantry Jorgenson, Teagan Richman, Tayla Richman, Colten Jorgenson, Kingston Egbert, Crimson DeYong, Kintla DeYong, Crew Egbert, Caymen DeYong, Lexington Egbert, Kurrent DeYong, including a great-grandson to be born in a few weeks; and many nephews and nieces.