Stroulger, Mary Elizabeth “Betty”

June 15, 1928 – September 24, 2017
at the age of 89 years

On September 24, 2017 Betty passed away peacefully at Shuswap Lake General Hospital at the age of 89 years.  Betty was born in Enderby, BC to Vic and Elsie Polson and at the age of 17 she married Bob Stroulger.  Betty and Bob stayed on the Stroulger family farm until they moved to Kamloops in 1958. They moved to Eagle Bay in 1968 and to Salmon Arm in 1995.  Betty will be remembered as a wonderful baker and cook.  Her pies, buns and cinnamon buns were legendary and she could put together a delicious meal on a moment’s notice.  Besides knitting and gardening, Betty enjoyed camping with Bob and travelling the back roads of BC.  She also enjoyed the three cruises she took with Lynn.
Betty was predeceased by her parents and her loving husband Bob, as well as her sisters Jean, Helen, Eileen and Marj and her brother Morris.  Betty is survived by three children, Lynn (Gord) Poeter of Edmonton; Gerry (Morgan) of West Kelowna and Maureen (Jim) McEwan of Tappen.  Also surviving are three grandchildren, Kristen, Brent and Craig Poeter, all of Edmonton.  Betty also leaves her brothers Keith (Yvonne) Polson and Hugh (Marj) Polson; her brother-in-law Pat (Edna) Stroulger and sister-in-law Pearl Polson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.  The family would like to thank the kind staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital for their attention to Betty.  Thanks are also extended to Dr. Weiker for his care and compassion.  At Betty’s request there will not be any service.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3. 


  1. Betty was a dear and true friend to both myself and my husband Grant. She was never to busy for us and always welcomed us into her home with warmth and compassion. Betty could cook up a storm and we always left with a full tummy and good feelings. I never heard Betty speak badly about anyone and always had her family first and foremost. The world is a sadder place with the loss of Betty. I will miss her dearly.

  2. Betty was a great friend to my Mom Maire and myself for many years. Her endless energy and awesome baking which she always generously shared over many coffee visits will never be forgotten. Betty will be deeply missed in the hearts of those who knew her….To Lynn, Gerry, Maureen and families, please know my thoughts are with you at this time.

  3. Hello, Lynn, Gerry and Maureen — This is such a nice picture of Aunty Betty. It was an honour to attend her tea and wonderful to see you all. I know it’s difficult with our busy, busy lives but let’s try to stay in touch, even if all we can manage is once a year. Thinking of you. Love, from Patrice

  4. I am sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Over the years she was a supporter of the Okanagan Historical Society and will be missed at our gatherings.

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