WEEGAR, Elizabeth L. (Liz)
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Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which [s]he has overcome while trying to succeed. -Booker T. Washington
It is with sadness that Liz's family announces the sudden passing of their beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Liz passed away peacefully at her own home - very much as she would have wished. Surviving are her children Les (Anna) and Lisa (Declan), grandchildren Tanner, Robben, Max, Sean, Deirdre (Matt), Sinead, and Oliver, her sisters Edith Welsh and Rose Sullivan, and her brother Peter George Wagner. Born in Sedley Saskatchewan, one of eight children, Liz was raised in Estevan. She held many fond memories of her childhood and school days there. In her early career, Liz worked for the Attorney General's office in Prince Albert and for lawyer John G. Diefenbaker for a short time before he took public office. Later, Liz would spend 17 years in a rewarding career at the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon. At a young age Liz was physically disabled by a stroke. Her determination, resolve, and spirit, ever brave and true, allowed her to maintain her independence and live in her own home without assistance for many years - a situation she very much valued and protected. She set an example of perseverance and courage in the face of adversity. Above all else Liz was an admirable woman. Liz had many diverse interests throughout her life that ranged from being a Girl Guide leader to weightlifting at the Y while in her wheelchair. She will be fondly remembered in her younger days as an accomplished dancer - she was the one with the pretty shoes. Over the course of her lifetime, Liz was honoured with awards for leadership and contributions to her community, including an International Women's Day Woman of Distinction award in 2010 and a House of Commons Canada recognition award for her many volunteer efforts. Memorial donations can be made to the Saskatoon Stroke Recovery Association, c/o Dorothy Dumont, 3349 Mountbatten Street, Saskatoon, SK S7M 3T8, or another charity of choice. At Liz's request there will be no service. However, an interment observance will take place Monday, February 25, 2013, 1:00 p.m., at The Columbarium at St. John's Cathedral (816 Spadina Crescent) Reception to follow. All are welcome. Condolences may be sent to
email@example.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME (244-5577).
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013