Helen Marie Cornett Dryke – Duluth News Tribune


Helen Marie Cornett Dryke, 94, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday August 5, 2022 in St. Paul, MN. She was born on November 9, 1927 in Daisy Kentucky. She moved to Duluth MN where she met her husband, John Malcolm Dryke, when he saved her from freezing at a bus stop in a blizzard. They moved to Hermantown where they lived for over 50 years. Helen was a strong, compassionate and creative woman who had a love for the land, growing large flower and vegetable gardens while raising 5 children, rescuing horses and cats and being active in many environmental, animal and charity causes. human well-being, as well as tailoring, crafts, tailoring, weaving and drawing. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and a top zoo guide, bringing animals to schools for children to learn about. As her children grew older, she remained very active, working seasonally at Kemp Fisheries and Engwall Greenhouse. She canoed and traveled many miles and visited many bird sanctuaries and traveled to Britain and the western states of the United States to visit her children. At 77, she had a tragic accident resulting in brain damage, loss of speech and paralysis of the right half of her body. With the strength of a lioness, she fought to regain some speech and strength. Each limitation was met with enduring grace and determination. Although in a wheelchair, she still traveled the United States for sightseeing and to visit her children and enjoyed many celebrations and holidays. His favorite place was Crex Meadows, WI to see the Sand Hill cranes migrating. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 68 years, her parents Kirby and Mallie (Baker) Cornett, and her siblings Edna Jahr, Kathleen Fields, Lois Vice, Jasper (Bill) and Fred Cornett. She is survived by her children, Kathy Dryke (Tim Falconer), Susan Dryke Jeff Kjeldahl), Elizabeth Dryke (Greg Dablow), Charles Dryke (James Martin), & Andrew Dryke, & Grandchildren Wyatt Kjeldahl & Jillian Dryke & many nieces & nephews. Join us for a celebration of Helen’s life. Visitation is at 2 p.m. and memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55807. 218-624-5200 [email protected] To see the full obituary and leave a memento of his visit www.cremationsocietyofmn.com


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