Elizabeth Jean (Betty) passed away with peace and grace at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, November 30, 2003. Betty lives on in the hearts of those who loved her; Darrell her beloved husband of 40 years, her three children; Robin (Rick), Steven (Connie) and Tammy (Wayne); and her cherished grandchildren; Blake, Shauna, Jessica, Dylan and Jackson.

She is predeceased by her father, mother and brother, Duane and now rests united with them. Betty is survived by her sisters; Naomi, Doris (Dale) and Diane (Wes), brothers; Bob (Marion), Jim(Betty), and Roy (Jean); special sisters-in-law Laurine and Hazel; and mother-in-law Arletha. Also for many nieces and nephews “Aunt Betty” will hold a special place in their hearts.

Betty lived her life fully touching many, many lives and leaving an enormous gathering of friends to remember her, most especially her lifelong friend Virginia, her friends of thirty years Ann (Mac) and Lorraine (Chuck), special friends Donna (Dave), Joan (Jerry) and Patsy (Wayne), her “Fitness Friends”, the “coffee crew” at Ray’s, the volunteers at St. Joseph’s Food Bank, and far too many more to mention.

Betty was a caring, compassionate and generous lady with a great sense of humour. Her zest for life brought her many joys; travelling with Darrell and friends, sharing the busy lives of her children and especially important for her was the quality time she spent with each grandchild. She was a hands-on Grandma from the start, sharing every event and milestone with pride and love for each one of them.

Betty’s family would like to thank the many relatives and friends for their prayers and caring support in Mom’s last weeks. Also thank you to Dr. Siemens, Dr. Dyck, Dr. Potter, and the Mission Palliative Care Team and all of the Dr.’s and support staff at the Surrey Cancer Centre for their compassionate care.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mission on Saturday, December 6th, at 2:00 p.m. with a tea reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to St. Joseph’s Food Bank or the B.C. Breast Cancer Society.

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