PEPPER, Elizabeth Craig
(nee Simpson) passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Saturday May 16th, 2009. Born December 1st, 1929 in Pasadena California the last of seven children, Elizabeth came to Canada in 1935. Raised in the Lower Mainland and the Cariboo, Elizabeth completed high school at Queen’s Hall School for Girls in Vancouver and did post secondary studies in office administration. Elizabeth married Edward James Pepper (deceased December 2008) in 1957 and moved to Mission in 1963 with their two girls to pursue their goal of running an egg farm.
Elizabeth was very active in the community first supporting her children’s program activities including Cedar Valley Elementary and Hatzic Secondary School parent groups, the Mission Horse Club and Mission Volleyball Club. After her girls had grown, she was able to transfer her tremendous volunteer efforts to personal connections with the Mission Artists Association, The Arthritis Society, Mission Arts Council, Fraser Valley Humane Society and Lifetime Learning naming just a few. Elizabeth enjoyed traveling whether by car, motor home or plane and a special memory was a trip to Oyama, Japan as an official member of the Mission Sister City Committee.
In 2007, Elizabeth’s tremendous volunteer contributions were recognized by the Mission District Historical Society as a Paths & Pathfinders: Woman of Distinction.
Elizabeth’s greatest source of pride was her family and is survived by her daughter Margaret and grandson Riley, daughter Janet and husband Michael Schmidt, granddaughter Megan, grandsons Brent and Dana, and a wonderful group of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, 32840 Janzen Ave
Mission, BC, Friday May 29, 2009 at 1:00pm, with a tea to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to Lifetime Learning, Arthritis Society, Heart and Stroke or the Fraser Valley Humane Society.
“Nobody promised you tomorrow, so you should make the most of today”