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Elizabeth Laura Minor

Elizabeth Laura  Minor

Elizabeth Laura Minor
March 19, 1927- September 7th, 2017
90 Years Young!

Betty, as she was better known was predeceased by both of her parents Anna and William Fletcher, all of her siblings: Billy, Mary, Harriet, Connie and Mona, both her husband's Verner and Tommy and son in law Charles Doucette. She leaves behind her children Marlene and Barry with wife Colleen, also granddaughters Laura, Chantel and Chelsea and great grandchildren Evan, Ryland, Emma and Kaiden.

Betty was born and raised on a farm and would reminisce about the outhouses, home cooking, thawing snow for water and how hard her mother worked. In her senior year of school, Betty asked her mother if she would enroll her in the Catholic school as she wanted a better High School education. Betty would often comment about the Nuns there and the positive impact it had on her life.

When Betty left home she took to traveling many Canadian provinces, loving the adventure and eventually settling in Calgary, Alberta with her sister Connie and parents soon following. She started her working career with odd jobs: a telephone operator, waitress and seamstress. She finally ended up at the Hudson's Bay Company, first there in the warehouse marking merchandise and eventually being promoted to accounting in the Downtown Bay, 5th floor furniture department. She ended up working for the Bay for over 15 years.

Around her late 40's she met her second husband Tommy, a War Veteran. Now able to retire, she invested her time into going for long walks with Tommy by the Bow River and weekly visits to the Legion. She loved to spend time sewing on her Singer machine, where she would create anything from clothes to curtains. Betty always had a love for dance, music, the color purple and Christmas!!

Her comedic wit lasted throughout her lifetime, even after the Dementia diagnosis. Her passions were there for all to see. She collected Camels and loved her educational magazines: The Globe, Star, The National Enquirer and The Examiner. She looked forward each week to reading these magazines, which she would share with anyone she talked too.

Her last 14 years were spent in Fort St. John. She loved going on weekly outings with her daughter Marlene, enjoying getting her hair done, pedicures, manicures and facials, as she loved to look good. She loved her lunches out, drives around town and the peace country side.

Marlene would like to express with LOVE the thanks to all the people who treated her mother Betty with dignity, humor and friendship, therefore; making our time together even more special.
Special thanks to Denise Larson, who was her hairdresser for 11 years, the employees of Shoppers Drug Mart, H& B Spa, Silver Creek Restaurant, Sheppard's Inn, Mings Kitchen, Humpty's and Rod and Sharon at Mama Pandas. To Ruth White, for taking the time to alter mom’s clothes when she no longer could.

To all the professional care takers in her life, Dr. Mackey and Dr. Nobar, Becky and Dr. Wankee at the Fort St John Dental Clinic, Tammy Gulevich her Dental Hygienist and Dr. Rodgers and the staff at the North Peace Optometry Clinic. To all the staff at the Peace Villa Care Home in Willow Lane, we are forever in your debt for the love you have shown mom and for embracing her for who she was. Room 123 will never be the same!

To Debbie, Kathy and friends at the Alzheimer's Society of Fort St. John, your knowledge, encouragement, guidance and companionship will never be forgotten. To Charlotte and Gary Weighill, thank you for the ongoing love and support you continually show to our family throughout the years.

A Celebration of Life will be at the Peace Villa Care Home, Calahan Room later this September. A notice of date and time will be posted in the lobby of the Peace Villa Care Home by September 15th, 2017.


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