McBAIN, Geertruida Helena Elizabeth
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(nee: van der Lee)
Elizabeth died peacefully on March 9, 2013 at the age of 92.
She is survived by her three children, John McBain (Karole Ishida) of California, Maureen Bliss of Winnipeg, Linda McBain Cuyler (David) of Edmonton; grandchildren, Genever McBain, Alison McBain (Eben Leonard), Chloe Cuyler, Drew Cuyler; and great- grandchildren, Mackenzie and Sabrina Leonard.
Elizabeth is lovingly remembered by her siblings, Harmen (Rose) van der Lee of Medicine Hat, Wesley (Dody) van der Lee of Calgary, June Ferguson of Winnipeg, Conroy (Joan) van der Lee of Parksville, sister-in-law Edith van der Lee of Calgary and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Christien and Harmen van der Lee; brother Arie van der Lee and infant sister Jannetje.
Elizabeth grew up near Chipman, Alberta. After high school, she attended Edmonton Normal School and taught in rural Alberta. During WWII she served as a lieutenant with the Red Cross. She raised her family in such varied locations as Montreal, Vancouver and California, earning a Bachelor of Education (cum laude) from San Jose State while in California. After returning to Edmonton in 1965 she taught English for Edmonton Public Schools at Strathearn and Killarney. In her retirement, she was an avid gardener and creative seamstress who loved to travel and attend dance and fitness classes at Central Lions Seniors' Centre. She enjoyed getting together with family for tea, cookies and a good political discussion. In her late 80's she wrote a book entitled A Search for Two Quarters: One Hollander's Adventures in a Young Canada - the story of her father's immigration to Canada in 1909.
A Celebration of her Life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013 at South Side Memorial Chapel, 8310 - 104 Street, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Mission, Box 953, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2L8 or Salvation Army. The family wishes to thank the many people who have visited, written to and cared for Elizabeth with kindness since her hip fracture last April.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Mar. 15, 2013