February 24, 1932 – February 2, 2021
Now at peace, Betty Grace Reynaud left us on February 02, 2021 surrounded by family just days before her 89th birthday.
Betty was born, February 24, 1932 in Mildred, Saskatchewan; but that was not the original plan. She was supposed to wait until the next day when her mother would take a train to Prince Albert. But Betty had other ideas! She arrived a day early, born in their farmhouse while her father rode off by horse to fetch the doctor in the bitter cold.
Betty was the daughter of Rose and Howard Baker and sister to older brothers Roy and John (all deceased). She was an avid horsewoman and loved to show her livestock at 4-H fairs, where she won various awards. Betty was a gifted musician, mastering the piano, guitar and accordion. She could play any song by ear from hearing just a few bars!
As homesteaders in the early 1900’s, life on the farm was not easy and Betty learned to work hard from a young age. The pioneering spirit eventually led her and husband Dick to move to BC in 1970 with five children and a sixth on the way. Her strong work ethic continued all her life and she found success in running her own business as a drapery seamstress; a career she excelled at. Over her 30 years in this field, her skill had graced many a window throughout the Valley.
Although Betty faced many challenges and hardships in her life, she was full of laughter, humor and love. Her passion for singing and playing piano led her to perform with the Happy Gang for several years at local care homes. Betty never turned down a request to share this gift with patrons of the Eagles and the Legion and rarely missed a karaoke night.
Her strength in the face of hardship and desire for independence were evident as she remained in her own home until 10 days before her passing. This despite having dealt with a broken back, ribs, neck and elbow and eventually losing a brief battle with cancer.
Betty was predeceased by her husband Richard (Dick) Reynaud and son Michael Kowalchuk. Left to celebrate her life are children; Shirley Kowalchuk, Don (Lori) Kowalchuk, Robert Kowalchuk, Alanna (Victor) Klassen and Raymond (Kim) Reynaud; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Although she will be sadly missed by those whose lives she had touched, Betty will be celebrated for her strength, character, work ethic, love of music and most of all the love for her family who she was most proud of and cherished.
It is uncertain when a formal celebration of life will be held but until then, we will celebrate quietly our mother, grandmother, GG, last remaining aunt to our cousins and friend to so many.
We would like to recognize the staff of the Baker 2 ward at ARH who really went above the call of duty with compassion, patience and grace. We can not thank you enough!!
If you wish, a donation may be made in Betty’s honor to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2726 Charity Fund.
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