April 8, 1930 – February 4, 2021
at the age of 90 years:
Saddened hearts say goodbye to Mom, Sister, Auntie, Cousin, Grandma, Gma, Great Gram and Friend. Betty was born in Fairview, Alberta, the first child of Kate and Ross Davis. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Walter, and younger siblings Maxine and Lester. Her adored children Jim (Marlena), Kathy, Jeanette (John), Bill (Holly) and Tom (Helaine), much loved grandchildren Mike, Deanna (Randy), Amy (Jason), Jonathan (Rachael), Jessica (Troy), and Scott, great grandchildren Kaia, Emersyn, Harper, Oliver, Stella, Gracyn, Presley, Ryan and Devon, sisters Gene and Val, many nieces, nephews, dozens of friends and people whose lives she touched in a bouquet of ways, will ever miss her. She leaves many wrapped in the love in her quilts which were always accompanied by a refillable ziplock of hugs and love.
Mom was raised in Alberta’s Peace River and in Youbou, BC. She met her beloved Walter whilst working in Vancouver, they soon eloped to Bellingham, USA. They began life together in Vancouver, then moved to Ft. St. John, Mile 92, Taylor, Savona, back to Ft. St. John and then retired to Salmon Arm in 1986, welcoming and raising the children in the various locales. Mom was a Master Gardener, often in the garden from 6 am to 11 pm. Betty was a life-long learner. Anything she put her mind to she accomplished in spades. Mom was a voracious reader, enrolled in anthropology classes when her children were in school, taught herself to sew, to quilt, to paint, and to make Ukrainian food. She cooked and canned, picked berries and worked arranging flowers. She was a member of the Eastern Star, two quilt groups, a knitting club, worked for Seniors to Seniors, and taught quilting classes. Mom loved to teach, as notes from many applaud her for what she taught them. She once taught a friend’s son to pressure-can salmon over the phone! Mom loved the opera, birds, Scrabble, Crib and to travel; Hawaii, Mexico, the Phillipines, England, California, South America, collecting new friends and family along the way.
So many thank yous to Susan and Jimmy Henderson for loving Mom and providing respite for two months in each of several years. Grateful thoughts to the caring staff at Andover Terrace, the nurses at the Shuswap Lake Hospital and to Dr. Kirkman who so lovingly held her beautiful hands on her last visit.
One day we will gather in a garden to celebrate the life of this intelligent, tenacious, inquisitive, fun-loving, and amazing woman. Her ashes will be scattered with Dad at a future date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.