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CRAWSHAW, B. Louise Born Dec. 4, 1914 in Lake Valley, Saskatchewan. Died Nov. 1, 2012 at Oak Bay Lodge, Victoria, BC. Louise was a quiet, supportive and caring mother with an abiding ability to sense when family and friends needed her. Somehow, she knew to materialize at just the right moment and step away when the need had passed. Like the rest of her family, Louise was a great story teller whose tales sometimes elicited groans, but always reminded her children that they were loved. She was also much loved by countless friends, her siblings, grandchildren and, in the last few years, great-grandchildren. While much of her family lived outside of Victoria - where she lived for the last forty years - Louise kept family connections strong throughout the years. Louise was a passionate reader and loved the written word. She always seemed to know exactly what her children were reading in school and enjoyed discussing books with them; it was her way of encouraging her children to love reading, too. She also passed her love of reading onto her grandchildren who amassed sizable book collections, thanks to Louise. It was easy for them to remember which ones she'd given, thanks to her habit of inscribing the inside of the cover with 'Love, Nana and Papa." Louise had many hobbies and spent many happy hours making clothes for herself and her family. She did crossword puzzles in ink, always looking for more challenges. She was always curious and ready to learn more about the world, even in her last years when she could no longer remember what she learned for very long. Like her family, Mom had a killer sense of humour and could be counted on to crack wise in tense moments, particularly over the last few years of her life. She and her husband, Tom, believed that a sense of humour was more than jokes; it was also about seeing yourself in perspective in the world. They could be counted on to remind their-kids of that if they got "too big for their britches." Over these last years, Louise also became very observant and appreciative of tree trunks and enthusiastic in her exclamations on their beauty. When asked why, she thought maybe it was because they, like humans, became wrinkled and gnarled! Louise appreciated family visits, hugs, chocolates, Scotch, shortbread and truly lived in the moment with her family. She had very large soft spots for grandchildren and great-grandchildren throughout her family. Louise leaves to mourn: her daughter, Lynne and son, Michael; Lynne's son, Ian (Kyrie); great grandsons, Abhainn and Fearghus; Michael's daughters, Caitlin (Gail) and Ceara (Mike) and son, Cameron; her brother, Bud Ferguson's children George, Judy and Brenda, and their families. Louise was predeceased by her husband, Tom in 1999; and 7 year-old son, Ian David, in 1954. Louise and Tom were deeply affected by Ian David's death. The deaths of her sisters, Ginie then Ruth, and her brother Bud deeply saddened her. Mom had many friends and sadly she was left to mourn the passing of many of them. She spoke of them with great affection, particularly her best friend from nursing days, Don Shaw. Louise's funeral will be held at Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Rd., on Monday, Nov. 12 at 2:00 pm with reception to follow. Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words, and missed beyond measure.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, 2012
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