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1914 – 2012
Elsie Sutton passed away in Nanaimo, BC on December 5, 2012 at the age of 98. She was predeceased by her husband Alfred Earl (Pete) in 2001. Also predeceased by her five siblings Bessie, Jimmy, Percy, Lily and George, and her daughter in law Noela (Jim). She was the fifth of six children born to James and Alice Cronk in South Wellington, BC, (now part of Nanaimo). When she was very young the family moved to Victoria. Her childhood was spent in Victoria, Shawnigan Lake and Mill Bay. Elsie met her husband Pete when he and his sister attended the birthday party of her oldest sister Bessie. They married 11 years later, in Victoria, where they brought up their family. Elsie was exceptionally talented with a pair of knitting needles, and with it being her favourite hobby, the family was kept warm and fashionable in her many creations. In 1972, she and Pete moved to Parksville and became involved with the ``Happy Wanderers'' travel group, and made many memorable trips with them over the years across Canada, the USA and Europe. Elsie was the life of the party. She kept everyone laughing. Elsie is survived by her three children: Jim (Johanne), Dave (Carol) and Susan. Four grandchildren;Toni (Gary), Kylie (Bill), Jason (Trish), and Aleta (John). Five great grandchildren, Alexandra, Blake, Ryan, Dakota and Taya. Elsie is also survived by many nieces and nephews including her special nephew Howie (Noreen) and their four children Ron, Gary, Russell and Colleen, along with each of their families. A private service is planned.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist from Dec. 15 to Dec. 20, 2012